Ivory Tower burns: fire guts Makerere main building


Makerere University Main Building – Ivory Tower has caught fire.

Fire started Sunday morning, spread and covered all floors of the right side of the Building.

The left wing is custody the Human Resource/staff records of the university.

The Main Building was completed in 1941 under the leadership of Mr. George C. Turner, Principal, Makerere College (1939-46).


Earlier in 1938, the Duke of Gloucester, representing His Majesty King George VI had cut the first sod for the construction of the building on 3rd November.

The Main Building with its unique 20th century British architecture is easily Makerere’s most recognisable symbol and was constructed with funds from the Colonial Development bourse.

The building’s construction was greatly delayed by a scarcity of resources to purchase materialsas Britain and her allies grappled with the expenses of World War II.

As a result, some of the carpentry work had to be done on-site at the Technical College.



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