The Old Well, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Contributor:Tim Mainiero / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:50.5 MB (3.6 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:5156 x 3425 px | 43.7 x 29 cm | 17.2 x 11.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:April 24, 2009
Location:University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
The Old Well, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill The Old Well, modeled on the Temple of Love in the Gardens of Versailles, is the most enduring symbol of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A small, neoclassical rotunda, the Old Well is located in front of the South Building in the historic North Campus. Originally, the well was located a few meters west of its present location, near Old East dormitory. The original location can be identified by a circular area of sunken bricks in the sidewalk. The well has become the most enduring symbol of the university, serving as its unofficial logo. The well is as old as the Old East dormitory, the first building on campus and the oldest public university building in the United States. For many years, it served as the sole water supply for the fledgling university. It is located at the very south end of McCorkle Place, one of the two main grassy quads on campus, flanked by the oldest buildings on campus. In 1897, the original well was replaced and given its current decorative form by university president Edwin A. Alderman. In 1954, the Old Well was given benches, brick walls, and various flower beds and trees planted around it, a gift from the class of 1954.