early student group

Architectural Highlights of Carolina's Historic Campus

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The Temple of Love, Versailles, 1775, left and the Old Well, 1897, right

North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives
North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives

The university’s signature structure is not an academic building but a small neoclassical structure placed over a well between Old East and Old West and in front of South Building. University president Edwin Alderman added the domed Old Well in 1897 as part of a campus beautification effort. He found the well’s original wooden cover shabby and ordered it replaced with a rotunda modeled in part after the Temple of Love at Versailles.