Reese Phifer Hall (Communication Building)

Reese Phifer Hall

Reese Phifer Hall, built in 1929 and first occupied in 1930, is the home of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The building includes the Center for Public Television and Radio and the studios of Alabama Public Radio, WVUA 90.7 radio, and WVUA 7 television.

Reese Phifer houses the William E. Winter Reading Room, which maintains a collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, videos, and class reserve materials for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The room also includes a computer lab with Macintosh and Windows-based computers. A media viewing room and photocopier are available as well.

Constructed as the Alabama Union, Reese Phifer served as the student union for more than 40 years. When it was designated as the home of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, it became the Communication Building. In 1991, the building was renamed Reese Phifer Hall to honor Tuscaloosa businessman and University benefactor J. Reese Phifer.


Information collected from The University of Alabama : a guide to the campus by Robert Oliver Mellown (Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1988), The University of Alabama, a pictorial history by Suzanne Rau Wolfe (University : University of Alabama Press, c1983), and the College of Communication and Information Sciences building history page.