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Buckman Hall and Thomas Hall are buildings on the campus of the University of Florida. Constructed from 1905-1906, Buckman Hall and Thomas Hall were the first two university buildings to be built, and were dedicated on September 27, 1906. Buckman Hall was named after Henry H. Buckman, the member of the Florida Legislature who wrote the Buckman Act, creating the University of Florida. Thomas Hall was named after Gainesville mayor Major William Reuben Thomas who supported the donation of 517 acres of land and $40,000 from Gainesville to the state so that the Florida Legislature would built the university in Gainesville rather than in Lake City. The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The Florida Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Florida. ... Location of Gainesville, Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Alachua Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - City  49. ... Location in Columbia County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Columbia Settled 1830 Incorporated 1859 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Stephen M. Witt  - City Manager Scott Reynolds (acting) Area [1] 1  - City  11. ...


The buildings are constructed of brick, have 3.5 floors, and are late Gothic Revival-Tudorbethan in style. The Atlanta-based architectural firm Edwards & Walters designed the buildings which were constructed by Jacksonville-based contractor W.T. Hadlow at a cost of $75,250 per building. For other uses, see Brick (disambiguation). ... Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London: Gothic details provided by A.W.N. Pugin San Sebastian Church in Manila, Philippines made entirely of steel. ... Ascott House, Buckinghamshire. ... Architectural style is a way of classifying architecture largely by morphological characteristics - in terms of form, techniques, materials, etc. ... Nickname: Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country State Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... This article is about the built environment. ... “Jacksonville” redirects here. ... A general contractor is an organization or individual that contracts with another organization or individual (the owner) for the construction of a building, road or other facility. ...


Early history (1906-1939)

Both buildings were designed for student housing but have served many uses and in their early history were used to house the entire university: Buckman Hall contained a six-bed infirmary, gymnasium, and an apartment for a professor (the "officer-in-charge"). Thomas Hall contained administration offices in the north section, classrooms, laboratories, an auditorium, a library, a dining room, and a kitchen in the center sections, and an agricultural laboratory in the south section. Both buildings had hardwood floors and potbellied stoves (for which the university provided wood for students to burn). In 1906, students paid $2.50 in rent to live in the halls. For the town in the Republic of Ireland, see Hospital, County Limerick. ... Modern indoor gymnasium with pull-down basketball hoops. ... A university classroom with permanently-installed desk-chairs and green chalkboards. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... An auditorium is the area within a theatre, concert hall or other performance space where the audience is located in order to hear and watch the performance. ... For other uses, see Library (disambiguation). ... The dining room at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England A dining room is a room for consuming food. ... A kitchen is a room used for food preparation and sometimes entertainment. ... Parquetry floor. ...


The collection of the Florida Museum of Natural History were for a time displayed at Thomas Hall. The Florida Museum of Natural History is located at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. ...


In 1911, final plans were made for the construction of four additional buildings: an agriculture building (Floyd Hall), the University Commons Building (Cafeteria), the language hall (Anderson Hall), and the College of Education building (Peabody Hall). When these facilities were completed in fall 1913 (after a delay in funding for the Language Hall and Education Building), parts of Thomas Hall were left vacant, and Thomas Hall was renovated for use as a residence hall, opening in 1914.


Later history (1940-2000)

In 1940, Thomas Hall was linked to Fletcher and Sledd Halls, forming a "UF" shape that can be seen from the air. From 1940 to 1949, the interior of Buckman and Thomas Halls were renovated, and the wood structures were replaced by steel and concrete, at a cost estimated to be between $37,000 and $54,000. For other uses, see Steel (disambiguation). ... This article is about the construction material. ...


In 1974, Thomas Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places, with the register reading A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

1905-1906, Edwards and Walters, architects. Brick, 3 1/2 stories, H-shaped, hipped and pitched roof sections; crenulated parapet interrupted by stepped gables placed over a division, each with its own entrance and bay window; regular fenestration, stone quoins, elaborate arched large stone scroll brackets; connected to another building at E end of S wing. Late Gothic Revival. One of first 2 buildings on University of Florida campus.

A press release issued when Thomas Hall was added to register told the story of the campus legend of "Old Steve,” the ghost who haunts Murphree Area, the last all-male residence area (it was designated coed in 1972). According to the legend, “Old Steve” was the original head cook on campus who worked in the kitchen in the center of Thomas Hall, beneath the classrooms and library. The legend states that his Old Steve disrupted the campus through his shouting and cursing at his kitchen crew, the banging of pots and pans, the hissing of steam, and the loud crackling of fire and pans as lunch was prepared–the same sounds heard when the steam heating system in the Murphree Area halls is turned on every fall. For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ...


Present day

Increased electrical demands of students put heavy burdens on Thomas Hall, draining power and causing circuit overloads and thrown breakers, with four to six residents sharing a 15-amp service. In 2000, $2.5 million four-year electrical upgrade project began with the aim of providing at least one 20-amp circuit per student. The project required total rewiring of the halls–from transformers to each outlet and switch–and the installation of a new 23,000-volt primary distribution switch. An electrical overload is a situation where an electrical machine or system is subjected to a greater load than it was designed for. ... A 2 pole miniature circuit breaker A circuit breaker is an automatically-operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit. ... Current can be measured by a galvanometer, via the deflection of a magnetic needle in the magnetic field created by the current. ... Figure 1:Three-phase pole-mounted step-down transformer. ... Outlet may mean: A place or opening by which anything is let out (e. ... Electrical switches. ...


In 2002, a $500,000 project to landscape the university’s historic area (the Murphree Area courtyard and University Avenue area) began when Florida alumni Herb and Catherine Yardley of Ft. Lauderdale gave $250,000 to be matched by the university. Landscape architecture students at the university assisted in the design, which includes proposed sidewalks, landscaping plants and design, walls, and seating areas. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ...


Thomas Hall is presently coed by section and occupied by 170 residents. Plan A Visitation (restricted visitation) special housing areas for men and women are located in Thomas Hall in Section D and J, respectively.


 
 

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