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During the holiday break, the Ramsay Hall cupola will get a needed replacement after almost 100 years of service. On Friday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 22, Wilmore Drive will be limited to one lane for the setup of a large crane. On Saturday, Dec. 21, the entirety of Wilmore Drive will be closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic, as well as the pedestrian paths near and adjacent to Ramsay Hall. Barricades and electronic communication signs will be placed on Wilmore Drive, and the installation of the cupola is expected to take about 10 hours.

In 1925, inventor and mining engineer Erskine Ramsay donated $100,000 to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Those funds were used to construct the Erskine Ramsay Engineering Building. A focal point of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the cupola represents a figure for the future as noted by a similar cupola being constructed in the courtyard of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center.

Ramsay Hall was designed by Birmingham architects Warren, Knight and Davis in May 1924 and built by C. A. Fulghum Co. of Pensacola, Florida, for about $215,000. The cupola’s copper top, wooden rails and brick pedestal have stood for almost 100 years, acting as a showcase of the resilience and strength of Auburn’s engineering program.

To view a map of the construction area, go to Facilities Temporary Road and Facilities Closures at