A Forgotten W&M Sports Venue: Cornelia Storrs Adair Hall
Have you ever been to Adair Hall? Maybe you took a Kinesiology class, or had dance practice, or used the glued-on hand holds to boulder along the outside wall. Dedicated in 1963 as the Women’s Gymnasium and Physical Education building, Adair Hall was home to Tribe Swimming & Diving before the Student Recreation Center opened in 1989. The Diving Team remained in Adair Hall for several years after the swim team moved across campus.
According to the William & Mary website cited below, “The building was named for Cornelia Storrs Adair (1885-1962), a William & Mary student from 1921 to 1923, and the first woman recipient of the Alumni Medallion in 1934. She was also a teacher, the president of National Education Association in 1928, and a member of the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Society for Crippled Children and Adults.”
The tennis courts were re-purposed for use as the present day parking garage (circa 2006) which also houses the W&M Police Department and the Parking Office.
The Adair pool is stilled used today for various club practices. The gym is used by academic classes, various clubs, and Tribe Volleyball and Basketball (both teams) as overflow practice space when needed.
Adair Hall remains a busy space!
Sources: Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries., “Cornelia Storrs Adair Hall, Constructed 1961-1963,” TribeTrek, accessed September 12, 2019,https://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/48.