Andrew T.

Andrew T.

Posted on 12/21/2008


Photo taken on August  1, 2004




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Demolition of White Hall, Concord University, Athens, WV

Demolition of White Hall, Concord University, Athens, WV
Constructed in 1939 as a brick building with a sloped roof, multiple stairway entrances, and a courtyard, John Baker White Hall formed the second men's residence hall at Concord State Teachers' College (now Concord University) in the town of Athens, West Virginia; succeeding Holroyd Hall, a smaller building later reused for other purposes and ultimately destroyed by fire in 1986.

In spite of being largely supplanted by more modern dorms in the 1960s and underutilized since, White Hall sufficed in role as an office building until the early 2000s, when it fell prey to facilities developments.

A new technology center was slated for the site; however, the cost of retrofitting and renovating the historic dormitory to such a new purpose evidently exceeded the cost of demolishing and building anew, so in the summer of 2004 most of White Hall came under the wrecking ball.

This photo shows the courtyard house area, which was spared from demolition and eventually integrated into the design of the new building. Small potatoes, but better than nothing...

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