Two inmates sued the state of Alabama, claiming the cramped space in their cell was a cruel and unusual punishment. The state argued that students at Auburn University actually paid to live in even smaller living space in the Magnolia Dorm. The inmates lost the case.
College of Veterinary Medicine, 1907
Graduate School, 1872
For most of the early history of Auburn, boarding houses and barracks made up most of the student housing. Even into the 1970s, boarding houses were still available in the community. It wasn’t until the great depression that Auburn began to construct the first buildings on campus that were “dorms” in the modern sense of the word. As the university gradually shifted away from agricultural and military instruction to more of an academic institution, more and more dorms began to replace the barracks and boarding houses.
Auburn’s first dorms were hardly luxurious. Magnolia Dormitory, built in the 1950s and demolished in 1987, was… Continue Reading