Campus Buildings, Grounds & Landmarks

Campus Buildings, Grounds & Landmarks


7/1886 Headquarters for the North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station dedicated

In July of 1886, there were elaborate ceremonies at the site, including speeches by prominent state officials, a procession of guests, and the laying of a cornerstone.

8/1888 Cornerstone laid for first building (Holladay Hall)

The cornerstone was laid for the first building on campus, originally called Main Building but later named Holladay Hall.

1889 Construction on Main Building (later Holladay Hall) completed

This building would later be renamed Holladay Hall, in recognition of the first President of the university, Alexander Holladay. The building was constructed of 1.5 million "penitentiary bricks" made at the State Prison in Raleigh.

Holladay Hall, North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic ArtsHolladay Hall, North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
1889 D. H. Hill, Jr., First Librarian

Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the library namesake, began his career at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College (now NCSU) upon its opening in 1889. He engaged in the common nineteenth-century practice of serving as both a professor (of English) and the college librarian, the institution’s first. This responsibility was not a major burden, as the early library occupied only a reading room in the Main Building (later Holladay Hall). For the first ten years of ... More

D. H. Hill portrait paintingD. H. Hill portrait painting


1890 Mechanical Building constructed

The Old Mechanical Building, designed by Professor J.H. Kinealy, housed the entire department of Mechanical Engineering including the shops.

1890 Memorial Oak planted

The first class of students planted the tree that became known at the Memorial Oak. The tree lived until 1990, when it was removed because of a fungal disease. It is depicted in the chancellor's seal, and some of the wood was made into a table for the chancellor's office.

1892 First Dairy Barn built

NC State's first dairy barn stood behind Holladay Hall. Several more were added in 1909, where Reynolds Coliseum now stands.

1893 Third Dormitory opens
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1893 First Dormitory opens
First DormitoryFirst Dormitory
1893 Second Dormitory opens
1894 Fourth Dormitory opens
Fourth Dormitory, HomecomingFourth Dormitory, Homecoming
1896 First Power House built between Holladay and Leazar
1896 Primrose Hall opens
Primrose Hall, built in 1896. The greenhouses were used by horticulture, botany, and arboriculture departments. Tompkins in rearPrimrose Hall, built in 1896. The greenhouses were used by horticulture, botany, and arboriculture departments. Tompkins in rear
1896 Watauga Hall built

Watauga Hall, built by Charles W. Barrett, housed a dining hall, dorms, and kitchen. It was named for the Watauga Club, a club of young men who lobbied the State Legislature for the founding of State College.

Watauga Hall, side viewWatauga Hall, side view


1902 Old Pullen Hall opens

Pullen Hall was built by William P. Rose with space for a library, dining hall, assembly hall, and chapel. It was named for Richard Stanhope Pullen.

Pullen Hall, front viewPullen Hall, front view
1902 Tompkins Hall opens

The original textile equipment was housed in the basement of Holladay Hall. Support for the program grew, and in 1901 the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $10,000 toward the construction of a textile building. This structure, Tompkins Hall, resembled a textile mill of the period and was completed in early 1902. In 1917 it was named for Daniel A. Tompkins, a Charlotte industrialist who was instrumental in the establishment of the textile program at NC ... More

Tompkins Hall.Tompkins Hall.
1902 Watauga Hall rebuilt after fire
1905 Patterson Hall (originally called "Agricultural Hall") opens

Patterson Hall, named for Samuel Ledgerwood Patterson, housed the Department of Horticulture, Aboriculture, and Botany

Patterson HallPatterson Hall
1905 Board of Trustees approved converting an area on campus called "Crawford's Farm" into an athletic field

Games were previously played at Red Diamond Field (now part of Pullen Park) or the Old State Fairgrounds (on the other side of Hillsborough St.)

1906 Field where ballgames are played is named the New Athletic Field
1907 New Athletic Field renamed A&M Athletics Field


1910 Winston Hall opens

Winston Hall opens, housing civil, chemical, and electrical engineering courses. It was named for second college president George Tayloe Winston.

Winston HallWinston Hall
1911 Zoology Building (originally called "Animal Industry Building") constructed

The Zoology Building was constructed for Animal Industry, Zoology, and Entomology and demolished in the mid 1950s.

Zoology Building, aerial viewZoology Building, aerial view
1911 1911 Building dedicated

Construction began on the 1911 Building (originally the 1911 Dormitory) in 1909. It was named for the class that banned freshman hazing. It has also housed the departments of Engineering Mechanics, Home Demonstration, Industrial Engineering, Rural Sociology, Veterans Administration, and Sociology and Anthropology.

Nineteen Eleven Building, side viewNineteen Eleven Building, side view
1912 Riddick Field (formerly A&M Athletics Field and later Riddick Stadium) named, for football and baseball

Riddick Field was named for Wallace Carl Riddick, a former president of the college and dean of the School of Engineering.

Riddick FieldRiddick Field
1912 Leazar Hall opens

Leazar Hall, named for Augustus Leazar, was built as the dining hall, seating 750 students.

Leazar HallLeazar Hall
1913 King Religious Center (also called YMCA Building) opens

The King Religious Center served as a religious and social center, with a gym and pool in the basement. It served as a de facto student union before the first college union was built in the 1950s. The building was finally demolished in 1975.

King Religious Center (YMCA)King Religious Center (YMCA)
1913 "The Shacks" built

Due to increased student enrollment, ten temporary wooden buildings known as "The Shacks" were constructed.

1914 Park Shops built

The Park Shops, built by Harry P.S. Keller, were originally built to house the mechanical shops, forge, and foundry.

Park ShopsPark Shops
1914 Tompkins Hall rebuilt after fire

A fire on March 25, 1914 destroyed Tompkins Hall and all the equipment inside. It was rebuilt the following year, with the local textile industry contributing new equipment. During the rebuild, an additional 25 feet were added to the west end of the building.

Tompkins Hall, rear viewTompkins Hall, rear view
1916 South Dorm (now Syme Hall)

South Dorm (now the north wing of Syme Hall) opened. It was designed by architects Thomas W. Cooper and G. Murray Nelson.

South Dorm, North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.South Dorm, North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.


1/24/1920 Watauga Hall fire

Fire destroys the third floor of Watauga Residence Hall

Watauga Hall, North Carolina State CollegeWatauga Hall, North Carolina State College
1921 Welch Hall opens

Welch Hall, a dormitory, was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for alumnus Cleveland Welch.

Welch Residence Hall, front viewWelch Residence Hall, front view
1921 Gold Hall opens

Gold Hall was built by architect Hobart Brown Upjohn and named after alumnus Charles Wyllis Gold.

Gold Residence Hall, side viewGold Residence Hall, side view
11/10/1921 Memorial Bell Tower cornerstone laid

The cornerstone is laid for the Memorial Bell Tower, a monument to honor State College alumni who had been killed during World War I.

Memorial Bell Tower, closeup of cornerstoneMemorial Bell Tower, closeup of cornerstone
1922 Page Hall opens

Page Hall was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Walter Hines Page, who was a member of the Watauga Club and instrumental in the founding of the college.

Page Hall, front viewPage Hall, front view
1922 Ricks Hall opens

Ricks Hall, built by Thomas Wright Cooper and G. Murray Nelson, opens to house the Agricultural Extension Service, Agricultural Economics and Business, Agricultural Information, and Horticulture departments. It was named for Robert Henry Ricks.

Ricks HallRicks Hall
1923 Chinqua-Penn Planation built

Chinqua-Penn Plantation, near Reidsville, North Carolina, was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Penn. NC State University would help operate the plantation from 1959 to 2006.

Chinqua Penn, front viewChinqua Penn, front view
5/11/1923 Frank Thompson Gymnasium named

The new gymnasium on campus is named after Frank Thompson (Class of 1910), a former athlete at State College who was killed during service in WWI.

Thompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the backgroundThompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the background
1924 Syme Hall addition

The south wing and center of Syme Hall were completed. The architect was Hobart Upjohn. Syme Hall was later named for alumnus George F. Syme.

Syme HallSyme Hall
1925 Bagwell Hall opens

Bagwell Hall served as a dormitory and was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn. It was named for Eugene Cleveland Bagwell, an alumnus in civil engineering. It was financed by the Public Works Administration.

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6/8/1925 Thompson Gymnasium Dedicated

Thompson Hall was dedicated as Thompson Gymnasium on this date. It was the first on-campus home dedicated to basketball. Previously, home basketball games had been played in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. The building was designed by architect Hobart Upjohn and named for alumnus Frank Martin Thompson. The NC State basketball team played there until Reynolds Coliseum opened in 1949.

Thompson Gym, side viewThompson Gym, side view
10/15/1925 D. H. Hill Jr. Library in Brooks Hall

The original D.H. Hill Jr. Library (in what later became Brooks Hall) was designed by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Daniel Harvey Hill, Jr., the first faculty member to oversee the library.

Brooks Hall, North Carolina State College, 1926Brooks Hall, North Carolina State College, 1926
1926 111 Lampe Drive

When opened in 1938, the building was originally named Daniels Hall for Josephus Daniels. It was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn to house Electrical Engineering and Physics. In June 2020 the name was removed due to Daniels’ strong ties to white supremacy.

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1926 Ceramics Building

Sometimes called the Ceramic Engineering Building, it contained a laboratory for the Dept. of Ceramic Engineering. A smokestack sat beside the structure. Both were demolished in 1967-1968, and Poe Hall was later constructed on the site.

Ceramic Engineering BuildingCeramic Engineering Building
6/7/1926 D.H. Hill Jr. Library dedication

The original D.H. Hill Jr. Library is dedicated (this building later became Brooks Hall). The contents of the library had been moved into the building the previous autumn, marking the first time there was an entire building designated as the library.

Main reading room of North Carolina State College LibraryMain reading room of North Carolina State College Library
7/26/1926 Polk Hall dedicated

Polk Hall was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Leonidas LaFayette Polk.

Polk HallPolk Hall
1928 Old Chancellor's Residence built

The Chancellor's Residence was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and renovated in 2004.

Chancellor's residence, North Carolina State College.Chancellor's residence, North Carolina State College.
1928 Peele Hall built

Peele Hall was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for William Joseph Peele, founder of the Watauga Club.

Peele HallPeele Hall


1930 Hill Forest donated to the college

Hill Forest was donated by George Watts Hill.

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1930 First telephones in dormitories

The first telephones are installed in the dormitories. Previously, telephones were only available for student use in the YMCA building.

4/6/1933 Dairy barn fire

Fire destroys one of State College's dairy barns, with damages estimated at $4,000.

10/14/1933 Riddick Field Concrete Stands

State College ties the University of Florida, 0-0, in the first football game held at Riddick Field with its new concrete stands. The field was named for college president Wallace Carl Riddick.

Riddick Stadium, aerial viewRiddick Stadium, aerial view
12/8/1933 Civil Works Administration projects

An announcement is made inviting students to be employed on Civil Works Administration projects to improve the campus.

1934 McLean Murals displayed in Brooks Hall (originally D.H. Hill Jr. Library)

The Works Progress Administration commissioned James A. McLean to create four murals depicting agriculture, science, architecture, and engineering. After complaints and ridicule, the murals were removed from display, three were destroyed, and one was rediscovered years later in the Raleigh Little Theater.

1935 Concrete grandstands completed at Riddick Field

The grandstands were completed with loans from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and a small grant from the Works Progress Administration.

Construction of Riddick Field in middle of campusConstruction of Riddick Field in middle of campus
10/4/1935 Bell Tower grant

The Memorial Bell Tower construction project receives a $37,000 Works Progress Administration grant.

Memorial  Bell Tower with markings indicating when each section was builtMemorial Bell Tower with markings indicating when each section was built
10/19/1935 Electronic scoreboard in Riddick Stadium

A new electric scoreboard and time clock are used at Riddick Stadium for the first time during a game against the University of Georgia. The scoreboard and clock were a donation from the News & Observer.

1/1936 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Monument dedicated

The DAR Monument was erected to honor the men and women who achieved the independence of the thirteen original colonies.

1937 Memorial Bell Tower shaft completed

The shaft of the Memorial Bell Tower was completed with aid from the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Memorial TowerMemorial Tower
1938 (circa) Bell moved to the roof of Withers Hall

The forgotten bell was rediscovered in 2006. It was originally on the top of Metropolitan Hall, in downtown Raleigh, then moved to a fire station on Morgan and Salisbury streets, and finally to Withers Hall. It signaled the end of classes and may have been intended to fill in the Memorial Bell Tower. In 2008, it was given back to the city of Raleigh.

1938 Freshman Quadrangle completed

The Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Dormitories formed the Freshman Quadrangle.

Freshman QuadrangleFreshman Quadrangle
1/28/1938 Seniors donate $1,000 toward a clock for the Memorial Bell Tower
Memorial Bell Tower, close-up of clockMemorial Bell Tower, close-up of clock
4/29/1938 Traffic congestion on campus

In response to traffic congestion on campus, Chancellor Harrelson appoints a committee of faculty members to study the traffic conditions at NC State.

12/8/1938 NYA Buildings

NC State and the National Youth Administration signed an agreement allowing the NYA to construct a training center on campus. A group of buildings was erected on a site later occupied by the east side of Miller Field and the Jordan Hall Addition. The college took control of these building in 1943 or 1944 and demolished them in 1959.

National Youth Administration BuildingNational Youth Administration Building
1939 Becton Hall opens

Becton Hall was designed by Hobart Brown Upjohn and Ross Edward Shumaker and named for alumnus John Leland Becton. It was financed by the Public Works Administration.

Becton Hall, North Carolina State CollegeBecton Hall, North Carolina State College
1939 Berry Hall opens

Berry Hall, a dormitory, was designed by Hobart Brown Upjohn and Ross Edward Shumaker. It was named for alumnus Leslie Graham Berry and was financed by the Public Works Administration.

Berry Residence Hall, front viewBerry Residence Hall, front view
1939 Clark Infirmary (Clark Hall) opens

Clark Hall, originally a dormitory, became the center for Student Health Services. It was designed by Ross Edward Shumaker and named for Walter Clark, Jr., who sent five sons to North Carolina State College.

Clark Hall, constructionClark Hall, construction
1939 Mangum Hall (now David Clark Laboratories) opens

David Clark Laboratories was built by Ross Edward Shumaker. It was renovated in 2005.

David Clark LabsDavid Clark Labs
Circa 1939 New service underpass

A service underpass was created under the railroad tracks near Alexander and Turlington Halls. Construction was funded by the Public Works Administration. The underpass later became the Free Expression Tunnel.

Major College Projects of the Public Works Administration, North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North CarolinaMajor College Projects of the Public Works Administration, North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina


1940 Laundry Building constructed
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1940 Nelson Hall opens

The new building for the School of Textiles was dedicated on March 5, 1940. Present at the dedication was Textiles Dean Thomas Nelson (from 1925 to 1943), Associate Justice Heriot Clarkson of the NC Supreme Court, and Governor Clyde R. Hoey, who as a young legislator in 1901 had voted to approve the formation of a textile program. The building's construction was funded by the Public Works Administration. In 1954 it was named for Nelson.

Dedication of Nelson HallDedication of Nelson Hall
1940 Turlington Hall opens

Turlington Hall was built as a dormitory by Ross Edward Shumaker with financial support from the Public Works Administration. It was named for alumnus John Edwin Turlington.

Turlington HallTurlington Hall
3/5/1940 Withers Hall dedicated

Withers Hall was named for William Alphonso Withers, a professor of Chemistry. The building's construction was funded by the Public Works Administration.

Withers HallWithers Hall
5/18/1940 First annual Livestock Day

State College's new dairy barns are dedicated as part of the college's first annual Livestock Day.

NC State Dairy barns, when dedicatedNC State Dairy barns, when dedicated
05/18/1940 New Dairy Barns dedicated

Located near the State Fairgrounds, the University Dairy Farm barns are now part of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Funding for construction came from the Public Works Administration.

10/25/1940 Alexander Hall named

Alexander Hall (originally called "A Dormitory") was designed by Ross Edward Shumaker and named for alumnus Sydenham Bernard Alexander, Jr. Over time, it was a dormitory for men, women, International students, and finally a coed dorm. It was financed by the Public Works Administration.

Alexander and Turlington Residence Halls, North Carolina State College, November 1, 1940Alexander and Turlington Residence Halls, North Carolina State College, November 1, 1940
3/7/1941 Bell Tower bell rung

Students learn that State College acquired the bell and bronze tablet in the Memorial Bell Tower from the U.S. cruiser Charlotte (a ship that fought for the U.S. Navy in WWI and was retired after 17 years of service on Nov. 11, 1935). The bell was rung once - when a group of students celebrating a basketball defeat over UNC broke into the tower and rang the bell.

Memorial  Bell Tower, snowMemorial Bell Tower, snow
1942 Ground broken on Reynolds Coliseum

Construction was interrupted for many years because of World War II. The building was named for businessman William Neal Reynolds. Funding to begin the building came from the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Reynolds Coliseum under construction, July 1, 1949.Reynolds Coliseum under construction, July 1, 1949.
5/8/1942 Campus buildings named

All dorms, the cafeteria, and other non-classroom buildings on campus are given official names for the first time.

1944 Diesel Building built

During World War II, State College formed a partnership with the U.S. Navy to train naval officers in diesel engineering. The Diesel Building was constructed to house this project. It was designed by Ross Edward Shumaker and became part of Broughton Hall in 1951.

Diesel School, North Carolina State College, May 18, 1944.Diesel School, North Carolina State College, May 18, 1944.
1944 Textile Library

The Textiles Library is established, with Rachel Penn Lane as the first librarian. The Textiles Library was originally located in the main library, but relocated to Nelson Hall the following year (1945). The library was renamed the Burlington Textiles Library in 1954, when Burlington Industries funded its expansion.

Textile research libraryTextile research library
2/18/1944 Infirmary moves to Clark Hall

The college infirmary moves from Carroll Infirmary to Clark Hall, becoming the largest and most modern such facility among all Southeastern non-medical colleges.

Infirmary, Clark HospitalInfirmary, Clark Hospital
1945 Bureau of Mines Building built

The Bureau of Mines Building was originally a research station for studying mineral industries. It was later the home of the first nuclear reactor on campus, before becoming the home of the Physics Department.

Bureau of Mines, side viewBureau of Mines, side view
1946 Quonset Huts built

The Quonset Huts were built to help accommodate the influx of students entering after World War II on the GI Bill.

Court of North Carolina with foundations for pre-fabricated classrooms and Qunoset hutsCourt of North Carolina with foundations for pre-fabricated classrooms and Qunoset huts
1/25/1946 New dorm construction

NC State borrows $500,000 to begin construction of two new dorms.

5/1946 Old Faithful whistle replaced

The whistle had indicated class changes and mealtimes, and it was also used to warn students of campus fires.

8/1946 Trailwood founded

More than 75 trailers (forming what was known as the "City of Trailers" or "Trailwood") were constructed so that married WWII veterans and their families could attend NC State on the GI Bill. In 1949, Trailwood was relocated, and Williams Hall was built in its place.

An over-all view of North Carolina State College's new "City of Trailers"An over-all view of North Carolina State College's new "City of Trailers"
1947 Owen Hall built

Owen Hall was built as a dormitory and named for Edwin Bentley Owen, an alumnus and professor of English.

Owen Residence HallOwen Residence Hall
1947 Tucker Hall

Built as a dormitory at the same time as Owen Hall, Tucker Hall was named for Irvin Burchard Tucker, who had been a member of the Board of Trustees and president of the General Alumni Association.

Tucker Residence HallTucker Residence Hall
8/7/1947 Vetville

Vetville opened as another location to house married veterans attending NC State after World War II. Later, Korean War veterans lived there. At the end of the 1950s Bragaw dormitory was built on the site.

Vetville Housing, birds-eye viewVetville Housing, birds-eye view
1948 Vetville Grocery Store opens

The Vetville Grocery Store was located in the basement of Vetville YMCA, offering a complete line of groceries at reasonable prices.

Woman and her child examining goods in the Vetville Mutual Grocery Co-op in the basement of Vetville YMCA.Woman and her child examining goods in the Vetville Mutual Grocery Co-op in the basement of Vetville YMCA.
1/17/1948 Thompson Gymnasium condemned

The Raleigh city building inspector condemns Thompson Gymnasium just hours before a Men’s Basketball game against Duke. Only a few reporters and college officials are allowed to attend the next home game, against High Point College. From then until the completion of Reynolds Coliseum in 1949, home games are played in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.

Men outside closed Thompson Gymnasium for a game cancelled due to overcrowding concernsMen outside closed Thompson Gymnasium for a game cancelled due to overcrowding concerns
10/27/1948 Naval Reserve Training Center dedicated
11/11/1949 Dedication of the Memorial Bell Tower

The Memorial Bell Tower is dedicated, with former Governor R. Gregg Cherry present at the ceremony.

Memorial Bell Tower at nightMemorial Bell Tower at night
12/2/1949 Reynolds Coliseum opens

Reynolds Coliseum opens, with the NC State Men's Basketball team beating Washington and Lee, 67-47. Not all of the seats had been installed yet, so some fans had to sit on the cement tiers.

First game in Reynolds ColiseumFirst game in Reynolds Coliseum


1951 Broughton Hall opens

The existing Diesel Building became part of Broughton Hall. It was named for Joseph Melville Broughton, a former North Carolina governor and senator.

Broughton Hall, viewBroughton Hall, view
4/27/1951 Dedication of Riddick Laboratory

Over 200 citizens gather for a ceremony at the newly-opened Riddick Laboratory. The lab building, constructed for $1,300,000, is dedicated to Dr. Wallace Carl Riddick, NC State's first Dean of Engineering, and the university's fourth president.

Riddick Engineering LaboratoriesRiddick Engineering Laboratories
1952 Kilgore Hall built

Kilgore Hall was named for Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, formerly the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station (1901-1907), the Extension Service (1914-1925), and dean of agriculture (1923-1925).

Kilgore Hall, entranceKilgore Hall, entrance
1952 Print Shop built

In 1974, the Print Shop becomes the New African American Cultural Center.

12/8/1952 Scott Hall opens

State College celebrates the opening of Scott Hall, the new poultry science building, named for Robert Walter Scott. Construction of Scott Hall cost the college $380,110.97.

Scott Hall, North Carolina State CollegeScott Hall, North Carolina State College
1953 Burlington Engineering Labs built

Burlington Engineering Labs was built as a center for NC State's research reactor. It is named for Burlington Industries, the North Carolina-based textile company.

Burlington Engineering LabsBurlington Engineering Labs
1953 Dairy Farm Conference Segregated Dining

In 1953, NC State College hosted a dairy farm conference on campus. Chancellor Bostian declared that African American dairy farmers attending the conference could only eat in the west wing of the dining hall. Bostian's announcement was in keeping with the College's policy, which declared African Americans attending on campus meetings would have meals in the dining hall but only when a separate room was available. Leazar Hall served as the campus-dining hall until 1971.

3/12/1953 Williams Hall dedicated

Williams Hall housed the Agronomy Department and was named for Charles Burgess Williams, an alumnus and charter member of the Agronomy Society of America.

Williams HallWilliams Hall
5/6/1953 Gardner Hall dedicated

Gardner Hall was built to house the biological sciences and named for O. Max Gardner, State College alumnus and former North Carolina governor. It was built by Biberstein, Bowles, & Meacham.

Gardner HallGardner Hall
9/5/1953 Nuclear reactor goes into operation

The R-1 reactor was the first non-government-run nuclear reactor in the world and the first designed, built, and operated by an academic institution. Design and construction had begun in 1950. It was the first of four reactors operated at NC State. More information on the nuclear reactor program can be found on the departmental website.

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12/18/1953 Kilgore Hall dedication

The new building housing the School of Forestry and the Department of Horticulture was formally dedicated as Kilgore Hall, named in honor of the late Dr. Benjamin Wesley Kilgore, former Dean of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, and the first head of North Carolina's Agricultural Extension Service.

Entrance to Department of Forestry, Kilgore Hall, North Carolina State CollegeEntrance to Department of Forestry, Kilgore Hall, North Carolina State College
1954 Textile Library expands

The Textiles Library is renamed the Burlington Textiles Library after Burlington Industries funds its expansion.

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6/1954 WUNC-TV Studio built

The studios (also known as "Television Center") housed TV studios, offices, and other facilities for producing and transmitting programs.

WUNC-TV studioWUNC-TV studio
9/17/1954 Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union Named

The Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union is named for Jerry Erdahl and Edward Cloyd, administrators in Student Affairs.

Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union, North Carolina State CollegeErdahl-Cloyd Student Union, North Carolina State College
9/17/1954 College Union Building Dedicated

The North Carolina State College Union building was officially opened and dedicated. The building later became the Erdahl-Cloyd Wing of the D.H. Hill Jr. Library in the 1970s. It was built by T.A. Loving and Co.

Erdahl-Cloyd Wing, D. H. Hill Jr. Library, at nightErdahl-Cloyd Wing, D. H. Hill Jr. Library, at night
10/15/1954 Hurricane damage

Hurricane Hazel destroys the cupola on Becton Hall and the roof of the press box at Riddick Stadium.

3/12/1955 New D.H. Hill Jr. Library building dedication

The new D. H. Hill Jr. Library (the east wing of the current building) was formally dedicated.

D. H. Hill Jr. LibraryD. H. Hill Jr. Library
5/23/1955 Burlington Nuclear Laboratories dedicated

The Burlington Nuclear Laboratories building is dedicated; located within the building is the first non-government-run nuclear reactor.

Burlington Nuclear Laboratories, the focus of nuclear activities on the North Carolina State College campusBurlington Nuclear Laboratories, the focus of nuclear activities on the North Carolina State College campus
1956 Weaver Laboratories built

Weaver Laboratories was built for Agricultural Engineering and named for David Stathem Weaver, a former director of the Agricultural Extension Service.

Weaver LaboratoriesWeaver Laboratories
4/8/1956 Danforth Chapel dedicated

Danforth Chapel was named for philanthropist W.H. Danforth and was inside the YMCA Building (King Religious Center).

Interior view of Danforth Chapel, YMCA Building, North Carolina State CollegeInterior view of Danforth Chapel, YMCA Building, North Carolina State College
4/12/1956 Brooks Hall dedicated

Built as the original D.H. Hill Jr. Library, Brooks Hall was renamed and dedicated on April 12, 1956. It was remodeled to be the School of Design, with an addition to the North Side. Brooks Hall was named for Eugene Clyde Brooks, a former president of State College.

Front view of Brooks HallFront view of Brooks Hall
9/7/1956 First marriage in Danforth Chapel

Jim Stewart, former president of the YMCA, becomes the first person to get married in State College's Danforth Chapel.

Danforth ChapelDanforth Chapel
8/9/1957 Morris Building named

The building that housed the Division of Maintenance and Operations was formally named the Morris Building after William Flaude Morris, the director of many years of the Service Department at North Carolina State College.

10/25/1957 Robertson Pulp and Paper Laboratory dedicated

The Robertson Pulp and Paper Laboratory was named for Reuben B. Robertson, a pulp and paper industrialist and advocate of forest conservation.

Robertson Pulp and Paper LaboratoriesRobertson Pulp and Paper Laboratories
2/20/1958 Bragaw Hall construction

Construction of Bragaw Hall begins to draw attention. The "new modernistic dormitory" is a "familiar landmark on the campus." It was named for Henry C. Bragaw, an alumnus who was killed in World War II and awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.

Bragaw Hall, constructionBragaw Hall, construction
2/26/1959 Bragaw Hall dedication

Bragaw Hall is dedicated to the late Henry Churchill Bragaw, a well-known NC State alumnus who died during WWII. Bragaw was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the war.

Churchill Bragaw painted portraitChurchill Bragaw painted portrait


1960 Student Supply Store opens

The architect was G. Milton Small. Previously the Student Supply Store or book store was housed in Primrose Hall, Leazar Hall, the King Religious Center, and Watauga Hall.

Student Supply Store, North Carolina State University.Student Supply Store, North Carolina State University.
1960 McKimmon Village opens

McKimmon Village opened as housing for married students.It was named for Jane McKimmon, an alumnus and founding member of the National Home Economics Association. It was renamed E.S. King Village in 1976.

Husband waving to his wife and children outside of McKimmon Village housing unit for married students, North Carolina State CollegeHusband waving to his wife and children outside of McKimmon Village housing unit for married students, North Carolina State College
5/25/1960 Hodges Wood Products Laboratory dedicated

The Hodges Wood Products Laboratory was named for Brandon Patton Hodges, a former state senator, state treasurer, and advisor to the Champion Paper and Fiber Company, based in Canton, NC.

Hodges Wood Products LaboratoryHodges Wood Products Laboratory
1961 Coed Lounge

Women's enrollment reaches 308, and the Erdahl-Cloyd student center featured a special "coed" lounge.

5/6/1961 Reading room named to honor Dr. Edgar Eugene Randolph

The Chemical Engineering department's reading room is dedicated in Riddick Labs in honor of Dr. Edgar Eugene Randolph, who was instrumental in developing the Chemical Engineering curriculum at NC State.

Entrance to Riddick Engineering LaboratoriesEntrance to Riddick Engineering Laboratories
1962 Reproductive Physiology Research Laboratory opens

The Reproductive Physiology Research Laboratory was founded to study reasons for the low reproductive rate in farm livestock.

Reproductive Physiology Research Laboratory, North Carolina State CollegeReproductive Physiology Research Laboratory, North Carolina State College
3/7/1962 Harrelson Hall dedicated

Harrelson Hall was designed by Holloway and Reeves with Edward Waugh. It was the first round classroom built on a university campus.

Harrelson Hall under constructionHarrelson Hall under construction
4/16/1962 Popularity of Bragaw Hall

171 students wait in line in front of the Student Housing Office to get rooms in Bragaw Hall for the following year.

Two of North Carolina State University's most modern residence halls, Bragaw Dormitory (foreground) and Lee Dormitory.Two of North Carolina State University's most modern residence halls, Bragaw Dormitory (foreground) and Lee Dormitory.
5/16/1962 Syme Dormitory pronunciation survey

Students discover that the correct pronunciation of "Syme" Dormitory, is "sim," and that is named after George Frederick Syme, a civil engineer who served as the first president of the Raleigh Engineers Club. Over half of the students surveyed thought the pronunciation was "sime."

Syme Residence Hall, North Carolina State CollegeSyme Residence Hall, North Carolina State College
11/17/1962 Carmichael Gymnasium dedicated

Carmichael Gymnasium was named for William Donald Carmichael, a World War I Veteran and advocate for the completion of Reynolds Coliseum. The Department of Physical Education was one of the early occupants of the building.

Carmichael GymnasiumCarmichael Gymnasium
12/10/1962 Unpopularity of potential name change

Governor Sanford gets booed after an NC State-Wake Forest basketball game in Reynolds Coliseum by students protesting the possible name change of the University from North Carolina State College to the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.

North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford holding a jar on stage at Club Week held at North Carolina State CollegeNorth Carolina Governor Terry Sanford holding a jar on stage at Club Week held at North Carolina State College
1963 Harris Cafeteria (now Hall) opens

Harris Hall was originally built as a cafeteria but later housed the departments of Counseling, Registration and Records, Student Development and Residence Facilities. It was named for NC State's first cafeteria manager, Louis Hines Harris, who was hired to feed students using a limited budget following World War I.

Harris Cafeteria, interior shotHarris Cafeteria, interior shot
1963 NC State acquires Yates Mill

Yates Mill, off Lake Wheeler Road near campus, was to be used as a research mill but fell into disrepair.

Yates Mill and Yates Mill PondYates Mill and Yates Mill Pond
1963 Fraternity Row built

Fraternity Row was later renamed Greek Court. Greek Court was renovated to become Greek Village.

Aerial view of Greek CourtAerial view of Greek Court
4/17/1963 Escaped pig captured

A pig which escaped from the Animal Disease Lab is captured in the ladies' restroom in Winston Hall.

10/12/1963 Football game broadcast in Reynolds Coliseum

For the first time ever, an NC State football game is shown in Reynolds Coliseum via closed-circuit television.

Reynolds ColiseumReynolds Coliseum
11/6/1963 Burlington Labs maintenance

Sixty gallons of anti-freeze are put in the cooling tower for the reactor in Burlington Laboratory, added to keep the 250 gallons of water in the tower from freezing during the winter.

Burlington Engineering Labs interior viewBurlington Engineering Labs interior view
1964 Chinqua-Penn Plantation dedicated

The Chinqua-Penn Plantation was affiliated with NC State University until 2006, when it was purchased by a private citizen. It was the site of the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center.

1964 Thompson Gymnasium becomes Thompson Theater

Thompson Theater was named for alumnus Frank Martin Thompson.

Front view of Thompson Theater, North Carolina State University, showing "Open House" banner hanging above entrance.Front view of Thompson Theater, North Carolina State University, showing "Open House" banner hanging above entrance.
1964 Mann Hall opens

Mann Hall was named for Carroll Lamb Mann, an alumnus and head of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1916 until his retirement in 1948.

Mann Hall with smokestack in background, North Carolina State CollegeMann Hall with smokestack in background, North Carolina State College
1964 Fraternity Court opens

Fraternity court opens with new buildings to house Greek organizations on campus.

1964 Quad Snack Bar built
Quad Snack Bar, interiorQuad Snack Bar, interior
1964 General Labs building built

The General Labs building originally housed the administrative offices for the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, as well as the departments of Physics and Statistics. In 1970, it was renamed Cox Hall in honor of Gertrude Mary Cox, professor emeritus of experimental statistics.

Cox HallCox Hall
6/8/1964 Dorm '62 opens

"Dorm '62" is dedicated and opened to residents for the first time. The building would be renamed Lee Dormitory the following year.

Lee Dormitory, North Carolina State College, June 1964Lee Dormitory, North Carolina State College, June 1964
10/3/1964 Faculty Club dedicated

The Faculty Club, built by Guy Crampton, contained a dining hall, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a golf course. It was established through the efforts of Richard Reynolds, an alumnus and tobacco company heir.

Faculty ClubFaculty Club
12/14/1964 Groundbreaking ceremony for Carter Stadium

A groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the construction of Carter Stadium (later Carter-Finley). It was named for Nick and Harry Carter.

Official groundbreaking of Carter-Finley StadiumOfficial groundbreaking of Carter-Finley Stadium
2/22/1965 Pullen Hall destroyed by fire

The original Pullen Hall is destroyed by a fire, which a former student later admitted to setting. Pullen Hall was built in 1902, and was the center of campus activities in the early twentieth century. It was located on the site of the present-day Peele Hall parking lot. A few years later, another building on campus was built and named Pullen Hall.

Pullen Hall, firePullen Hall, fire
11/13/1965 Final game at Riddick Stadium

The final football game is played in Riddick Stadium. Members of the football team mob Harold Deters after he kicks the winning field goal against Florida State, resulting in a final score of 3-0.

Harold Deters is mobbed after kicking winning field goal verses Florida State in final game at Riddick Stadium.Harold Deters is mobbed after kicking winning field goal verses Florida State in final game at Riddick Stadium.
1966 Carroll Hall built

Carroll Hall was named for Susan Catherine Colwell Carroll, a nurse who became the resident matron of the college infirmary.

Woman in front of Carroll Residence Hall, the new woman's dormWoman in front of Carroll Residence Hall, the new woman's dorm
1966 Sullivan Hall built

Sullivan Hall was originally built as a dorm and is named for William Henry Sullivan, a former president of the Alumni Association and board member on the UNC Board of Trustees.

Sullivan Residence Hall, viewSullivan Residence Hall, view
1966 Doak Field opens

Doak Field opens as the new facility for the baseball team.

Doak Baseball Field, overhead viewDoak Baseball Field, overhead view
10/8/1966 First game in Carter-Finley Stadium

Carter Stadium, as it was originally known, opened as the football team took on South Carolina; the stadium was dedicated during a halftime ceremony.

Carter-Finley StadiumCarter-Finley Stadium
10/8/1966 Carter Stadium and A.E. Finley Fieldhouse dedicated

The stadium was dedicated at the NC State versus University of South Carolina football game.

Aerial view of Carter Stadium on dedication dayAerial view of Carter Stadium on dedication day
12/4/1967 Free Expression Tunnel conduct established

Rules are established by the Campus Welfare Committee concerning the painting of the Free Expression Tunnel. Any use of obscenity or vulgarity "will be considered a Campus Code offense" and untasteful remarks will be removed.

Free Expression TunnelFree Expression Tunnel
1968 Dearstyne Avian Health Center built

The Dearstyne Avian Health Center was named for Roy Styring Dearstyne, who served as professor of poultry science and pathologist for the Agricultural Experiment Station starting in 1922.

Dearstyne Avian Health CenterDearstyne Avian Health Center
1968 Harrye B. Lyons Design Library named

The School of Design Library was named in honor of Mrs. Lyons, librarian at the school for 20 years.

Student studying in Design LibraryStudent studying in Design Library
3/7/1968 University Plaza (Brickyard) Dedicated

University Plaza (called "The Brickyard") was designed by Richard C. Bell, landscape architect. It was conceived as a public gathering place in the European tradition and has often been described as reminiscent of Saint Mark's Square in Venice.

Aerial view of University Plaza (the Brickyard)Aerial view of University Plaza (the Brickyard)
4/19/1968 Riddick Stadium demolished

A majority of Riddick Stadium is demolished to make room for more parking on campus. SAS Hall now stands on the site Riddick Stadium once occupied.

Famed figures from Riddick Stadium's colorful past at ceremony marking the end of the 50-year-old structureFamed figures from Riddick Stadium's colorful past at ceremony marking the end of the 50-year-old structure
5/10/1968 Southeastern Plant Environment Laboratories (Phytotron) dedicated

The Phytotron was created to research the influence of environment on primary growth processes in plants.

NC State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Phytotron buildingNC State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Phytotron building
5/20/1968 John W. Cell Library dedicated

The Cell Library was founded as a departmental library for mathematics and named for John W. Cell, head of the Department of Mathematics.

11/26/1968 Schaub Food Science Building dedicated

The Schaub Food Science Building was named for Ira Obed Schaub, who served as Dean of the School of Agriculture, Director of the Agricultural Extension Service, and Director of the Experiment Station.

Schaub Food Science Building dedication ceremonies, North Carolina State University, November 26, 1968.Schaub Food Science Building dedication ceremonies, North Carolina State University, November 26, 1968.
9/1969 Dabney Hall Opens

Dabney Hall was built to house the Department of Chemistry and was named for Charles William Dabney, a charter member of the Watauga Club and a professor of Chemistry.

Dabney Hall, front viewDabney Hall, front view
10/4/1969 Bowen, Carroll, and Metcalf Halls dedicated
Metcalf Hall, Bowen Hall, and Carroll Hall, overhead viewMetcalf Hall, Bowen Hall, and Carroll Hall, overhead view
1969 University Student Center Construction

Construction of the original Talley Student Center began in 1969.

Talley Student Center during constructionTalley Student Center during construction


1970 School of Forest Resources Library

The School of Forest Resources Library opened in Biltmore Hall. It later became the Natural Resources Library.

Pulp and paper students in Natural Resources LibraryPulp and paper students in Natural Resources Library
5/7/1970 Vietnam and Kent State protest

NC State students hold a convocation on the Brickyard in the aftermath of U.S. expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia, and the death of four Kent State University students in Ohio. The following day, nearly 6,000 students from NC State and other colleges protest by marching on the State Capitol.

Cambodian convocation on the BrickyardCambodian convocation on the Brickyard
8/1970 Lee Hall becomes NC State's first co-ed dorm
Lee Residence Hall, front viewLee Residence Hall, front view
10/19/1970 Cox Hall dedicated

Cox Hall was built to house Physics and Statistics and was named for Gertrude Mary Cox, the first female full professor at NC State.

Gertrude Cox standing in front of Cox HallGertrude Cox standing in front of Cox Hall
11/6/1970 Biltmore Hall dedicated

Biltmore Hall was built to house Teaching and Research and was named after the Biltmore Forest School, a forestry school near Biltmore Estate that was established by Dr. Carl Alvin Schenck.

Biltmore Hall, front viewBiltmore Hall, front view
1971 Library entrance

A single entrance to the library (from the Brickyard) is established for the first time.

Class meeting outside main entrance to D. H. Hill Jr. Library.Class meeting outside main entrance to D. H. Hill Jr. Library.
1971 Poe Hall built

Poe Hall is named for Clarence Hamilton Poe (1881-1964). Poe served as editor of the Progressive Farmer and an advocate for improved services for rural people. He was an advocate of the programs that NC State provided, particularly in terms of agricultural education and research. He received the North Carolina Medal in 1964 and an honorary Doctor of Agricultural Education in 1951 from NC State.

Poe HallPoe Hall
2/2/1971 Library addition passed inspection

Construction ended on the new 11-story tower addition (North Tower) to the D.H. Hill Jr. Library.

D. H. Hill Jr. Library, Tower constructionD. H. Hill Jr. Library, Tower construction
3/5/1971 Library tower addition opened

The new 11-story addition (North Tower) to the D.H. Hill Jr. Library opened

D. H. Hill Jr. Library, towerD. H. Hill Jr. Library, tower
4/14/1971 Cooking spaces approved for dorms

The Inter-Residence Council approves the construction of cooking spaces in all dorms, hoping to alleviate problems with students cooking illegally in their dorm rooms.

International students cooking togetherInternational students cooking together
5/7/1971 Randleigh Farm dedicated

Randleigh Farm was devoted to the research of improving methods of dairy farming. It was the bequest of William R. Kenan, Jr. and was sold to Wake County in 2005.

1972 Case Athletics Center opens

The Case Athletics Center opens, named after Everett N. Case, Men's Basketball coach from 1946 to 1965.

Case Athletic CenterCase Athletic Center
1/17/1972 Color Wall

The light mural (later known as the Color Wall) in D. H. Hill Jr. Library was displayed by this date, but not yet fully completed. The mural was created by Joe Cox, a faculty member in the School of Design.

Color Wall by Joe Cox, D.H. Hill Jr. LibraryColor Wall by Joe Cox, D.H. Hill Jr. Library
3/3/1972 Swann Memorial Library Dedicated

The Swann Memorial Library of Chemistry was named for Dr. Ralph C. Swann, former head of chemistry, and was located in Dabney Hall.

6/1972 Talley Student Center opens

The Talley Student Center opened in June 1972 (shown here before the installation of the fountain and courtyard). It replaced the Erdahl-Cloyd building (now the west wing of D.H. Hill Jr. Library) as the campus student center.

Talley Student Center front viewTalley Student Center front view
June 21, 1972 Grinnells Animal Health Laboratory dedicated

The Grinnells Animal Health Laboratory was named for Claude Delbert Grinnells, professor of Animal Husbandry at NC State for 33 years. He was named North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year in 1958.

Grinnells Animal Health LaboratoriesGrinnells Animal Health Laboratories
7/15/1972 State College Station Post Office becomes State University Station Post Office
9/1/1972 Student housing shortage

A massive student housing shortage leaves 260 students without housing as classes begin.

Student moving in on campusStudent moving in on campus
10/3/1972 North Tower Dedication

The original 11-story bookstack tower (now the North Tower) of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library is dedicated. With the addition, the bookstacks are opened to all users (previously, the library had had closed bookstacks).

View looking northeast across University Plaza (the Brickyard) at D. H. Hill Jr. Library's bookstack tower, North Carolina State UniversityView looking northeast across University Plaza (the Brickyard) at D. H. Hill Jr. Library's bookstack tower, North Carolina State University
2/5/1973 Walnut Room Cafeteria Opened

The University Student Center's Walnut Room cafeteria opened for the first time on this day at 11:30am.

4/9/1973 M.E. Gardner Arboretum dedicated

The Gardner Arboretum is located on a one-acre tract between Patterson Hall and Burlington Laboratories. It was named for M.E. Gardner, former head of the Department of Horticulture.

M. E. Gardner Arboretum with Burlington Engineering Laboratories in backgroundM. E. Gardner Arboretum with Burlington Engineering Laboratories in background
4/15/1973 Stewart Theatre and Price Music Center dedicated

The two buildings were dedicated during a ceremony at which the North Carolina State University Symphony Orchestra and Choir presented a concert. The 816-seat theater had opened during the Fall 1972 semester. It was named for James Jackson Stewart, Jr., Dean of Student Affairs from 1954 to 1969.

North Carolina State University Symphonic BandNorth Carolina State University Symphonic Band
10/1973 Textiles Auditorium renamed M.E. (Sandy) Campbell Auditorium

The School of Textiles Auditorium was renamed in honor of Malcolm E. Campbell, Dean Emeritus of the School of Textiles

Dean Malcolm E. Campbell at deskDean Malcolm E. Campbell at desk
12/1973 International student dorm

An announcement is made that Alexander Hall will become a dorm for international students.

Banner On Alexander HallBanner On Alexander Hall
12/3/1973 Alcohol ban

Alcohol is banned from Reynolds Coliseum.

1974 New African American Cultural Center proposed

In 1974, African American students called for a new cultural center. Student Body President Terry Carroll presented a “four point” request to Chancellor Caldwell, which included a request for the first floor of the Print Shop to be turned over to the Society of Afro-American Culture for an African American Cultural Center. Banks C. Talley, dean of student affairs, complied with this request.

1974 Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union becomes West Wing of D.H. Hill Jr. Library

The old Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union was remodeled to include a book reserve room, an undergraduate browsing collection, and an audiovisual room.

1/22/1974 Campus power failure

NC State's campus is plunged into a complete power failure for an hour and forty minutes, starting at 11:10pm. The failure was caused by faulty equipment.

05/1974 New Print Shop built

The new Print Shop on Sullivan Drive replaces the old one on West Dunn and Dan Allen. It houses University Graphics.

01/01/1976 College Inn purchased by Wolfpack Club

The College Inn, formerly a motel, was purchased by the Wolfpack Club and converted into a residence hall.

January 1, 1976 NC State buys State Capitol Life Insurance Building

The Hillsborough Building, on the corner of Hillsborough and Fairmount streets, was purchased to house the computing center and offices for the Department of Economics.

Snow at Hillsborough BuildingSnow at Hillsborough Building
1976 E.S. King Village named

Married students housing, previously called McKimmon Village, was renamed for Edward S. King, the general secretary of the YMCA on campus from 1919 to 1955.

E. S. King Village, courtyardE. S. King Village, courtyard
05/1976 University Student Center Plaza opens

The University Student Center Plaza, in front of the old University Student Center (now Talley), was designed by landscape architect Richard Bell.

October 18, 1976 Jane S. McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education dedicated

The McKimmon Center was named for Jane McKimmon, an alumnus and founding member of the National Home Economics Association. She was also North Carolina’s first home demonstration agent, in 1911.

Jane S. McKimmon CenterJane S. McKimmon Center
8/9/1977 Groundbreaking of Gardner Hall Addition

The Gardner Hall Addition was built by Carter Williams Architects.

October 1977 New Pullen Bridge opens

The new Pullen Bridge replaces the old one, which had stood for 50 years. It spans the railroad tracks that run through campus.

1978 Kamphoefner Hall built

Kamphoefner Hall was named for Henry L. Kamphoefner, founding dean of the College of Design. It was built by Charlotte-based Wolf Associates to provide studio, teaching, and office space.

Plaque at Kamphoefner HallPlaque at Kamphoefner Hall
4/22/1978 Zoo Day

Student Government's "The Day" and the Inter-Residence Council's "Zoo Day" are combined (retaining the latter name), as a day for students to relax and take a break from the pressures of the end of the academic year. Zoo Day was held along Cates Avenue, offering a day of free beer, field games, and concerts.

Zoo DayZoo Day
1979 Paul H. Derr Track

The University Track is renamed the Paul H. Derr Track, for the long-time track and field coach.

Paul Derr portraitPaul Derr portrait
08/1979 North Hall acquired by N.C. State

North Hall (formerly the Lemon Tree Inn) was acquired by N.C. State and used as a dormitory.

North Residence HallNorth Residence Hall
9/8/1979 Carter Stadium renamed Carter-Finley Stadium

The stadium was renamed in honor of Wilbert James "Nick" Carter, Harry Clifton Carter, and Albert Earle Finley. Both Carters were top executives at J.P. Stevens and Finley was a successful businessman and philanthropist.

Carter-Finley Stadium, aerial shotCarter-Finley Stadium, aerial shot


9/27/1980 N.C. State University Arboretum dedicated

The Arboretum, located on Beryl Road, was later renamed for Dr. J.C. Raulston, its founder and director.

Arboretum Visitors' CenterArboretum Visitors' Center
December 17, 1980 Bostian Hall dedicated

Bostian Hall, named for Chancellor Carey Hoyt Bostian, was built as an addition to Gardner Hall to house the biological sciences.

Bostian Hall, view from BrickyardBostian Hall, view from Brickyard
1981 Caldwell Hall opens

Caldwell Hall, named for Chancellor John T. Caldwell, was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in collaboration with J.N. Pease. It originally housed the Dean's Offices of Humanities, the Department of Political Science, and the Japan Center.

Caldwell HallCaldwell Hall
1981 Solar House dedicated

The Solar House showcases the solar and solar-efficient technologies of the NC Solar Center. It is intended for public education as well as scholarly research.

Governor James Hunt cutting the ribbon at a Solar House dedicationGovernor James Hunt cutting the ribbon at a Solar House dedication
03/09/1981 Wells Auditorium dedicated

Wells Auditorium, inside Bostian Hall, was named for Bertram W. Wells, former head of the Botany Department.

03/09/1981 Harkema Auditorium dedicated

Harkema Auditorium, inside Bostian Hall, was named for Reinard Harkema, a professor in the Department of Zoology

Dr. Reinard Harkema portraitDr. Reinard Harkema portrait
04/24/1981 L.R. Harrill Suite in Ricks Hall dedicated

The Harrill Suite was named for L.R. Harrill, the former director of the state 4-H organization. He was known as "Mr. 4-H."

10/02/1981 Stuckey Building dedicated

The Stuckey Building is the main building at the Minerals Research Laboratory in Asheville. It was named for Dr. Jasper Leonidas Stuckey, professor of Geology

1982 Weisiger-Brown Athletics Facility opens
10/11/1982 McLean Mural displayed in the Student Center

The original four murals, by artist James A. McLean for the Works Progress Administration, hung in Brooks Hall and were removed due to public outcry. Three were destroyed but one was rediscovered and formally installed in the Student Center in 1982.

1983 South Hall built

"New South Hall" (a dormitory) was later renamed Wood Hall for George M. Wood, an alumnus, legislator, member of the UNC Board of Governors, and chairman of the N.C. State Trustees

04/20/1983 School of Veterinary Medicine dedicated

The Dedication ceremony was attended by first dean Terrence M. Curtin, Governor James B. Hunt, Chancellor Bruce Poulton, and UNC System President William Friday.

Platform Party. Dedication CeremonyPlatform Party. Dedication Ceremony
6/8/1983 Uncomfortable classrooms

The air conditioning system in Harrelson Hall breaks down, sending temperatures in some classrooms into the 90s.

Harrelson Hall, classroom viewHarrelson Hall, classroom view
1984 Carmichael Gymnasium Addition completed

This addition added 130,000 square feet with amenities such as an Olympic-size swimming pool, an indoor jogging track, and a dance studio.

12/19/1984 Centennial Campus established

North Carolina Governor (and NC State alumnus) James B. Hunt, Jr., alloted the initial 355-acre parcel of land for the university's Centennial Campus. The land had previously been part of the Dorothea Dix hospital.

Jack P. Jordan, Bruce Poulton, and James Hunt at land acquisition eventJack P. Jordan, Bruce Poulton, and James Hunt at land acquisition event
1985 Administrative Services Building built

The Administrative Services Building (now Administrative Services II) was built for the Finance and Business Division.

1985 Cunningham Center established

When Raymond P. Cunningham left his Kinston estate to NCSU, it became the Cunningham Center, now the Cunningham Research Station. In 1989, it was combined with the Lower Coastal Plain Tobacco Research Station.

5/2/1986 Strolling Professor statue dedicated

The "Strolling Professor," a bronze statue in Gardner Arboretum that depicts chemistry professor William R. Johnson, was dedicated

Statue "The Strolling Professor," William R. Johnston, sculpted by J. Seward JohnsonStatue "The Strolling Professor," William R. Johnston, sculpted by J. Seward Johnson
06/27/1986 Groundbreaking of Natural Resources Research Center

Construction begins on the Natural Resources Research Center, later renamed Jordan Hall in honor of R.B. Jordan, Jr., and his children. The Jordan family has a history of strong support for NC State University.

9/3/1986 Court of North Carolina dedicated

The Court of North Carolina was previously used as a cow pasture and later as the site of the Quonset Huts that served as housing for World War II veterans. Legend has it that planted within the Court were trees to represent each of North Carolina's 100 counties, but there is no evidence that was ever the case.

Court of North CarolinaCourt of North Carolina
1987 Yarbrough Court dedicated

Yarbrough Court, the court surrounded by Holladay, Peele, Leazar, and Watauga Halls, is named after Mary E. Yarbrough, the first women to earn a graduate degree from NC State and one of the first three women to graduate from the university.

Mary Elizabeth YarbroughMary Elizabeth Yarbrough
1987 First buildings on Centennial Campus constructed
Centennial Campus, first building constructionCentennial Campus, first building construction
1987 Listening Vessels (Sound Sculpture) installed in the Brickyard

The Listening Vessels, sitting 90 feet apart, amplify sound such that people can talk into them at normal volumes and hear each other. It was created by sculptor Doug Hollis in honor of the University's participation in the 1987 Olympic Festival.

2/1988 First Permanent Building on Centennial Campus

The building that later was named Research I was first occupied.

5/1988 College of Textiles construction began

Ground was broken for the College of Textiles complex, an estimated $31 million.

College of Textiles construction on Centennial CampusCollege of Textiles construction on Centennial Campus


1990 Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC)

The Information Technologies Teaching Center (ITTC) is established in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, initially funded through a gift from the Class of 1990.

1990 South Tower

A new addition to the D. H. Hill Jr. Library (South Tower) opened. Besides bookstack space, this addition featured a special facilities room and the Class of 1989 Reading Room.

D. H. Hill Jr. Library's new bookstack, North Carolina State University.D. H. Hill Jr. Library's new bookstack, North Carolina State University.
2/1990 Ground broken for Research Building II

After a site had been selected in Nov. 1988, ground was broken for Research Building II in Feb. 1990.

Research II Building construction on Centennial CampusResearch II Building construction on Centennial Campus
October 12, 1990 New Pullen Hall dedicated

Pullen Hall was named for Richard Stanhope Pullen, who gave the original 62 acres of land to the University (then, college). Old Pullen Hall burned down in 1965.

12/1990 Construction on ABB building

After a site had been chosen in June, construction on the ABB building began in Dec.

ABB Building construction on Centennial CampusABB Building construction on Centennial Campus
1991 New College of Textiles Building

The new College of Textiles building on Centennial Campus opened its doors in 1991. The new building included computer facilities, heavy machinery processing laboratories, classrooms, meeting spaces, administrative offices, and the Burlington Textiles Library, and represented an approximate 50% increase in net usable space over the Nelson and David Clark Laboratory facilities.

College of Textiles on Centennial CampusCollege of Textiles on Centennial Campus
1991 PAMS establishes The Science House

PAMS establishes The Science House to provide hands-on science opportunities to K-12 students. Today, The Science House is a national model for the interaction of university science departments and K-12 students and teachers. Through its main office on Centennial Campus, five satellite offices throughout the state, and its online presence, The Science House annually impacts 5,000 teachers and 35,000 students across North Carolina and beyond.

September 1991 Women's Center Opened

The Women's Center opened with Jan Rogers as its coordinator. Rogers began the Women's Leadership Education and Action Program (LEAP), which aimed to enhance the experience of women in nontraditional fields such as math, science, and engineering.

NC State University, College of Engineering, publicity and promotional material, publicity photosNC State University, College of Engineering, publicity and promotional material, publicity photos
1991 Campus Child Care Center opens
1991 Burlington Textile Library on Centennial Campus

In conjunction with the move of the College of Textiles, the Burlington Textile Library moved to Centennial Campus, making it the first library unit on the new campus. It remained in the College of Textiles complex until December 2012, when the collections were moved into the Hunt Library.

Inside Textiles Library at Centennial CampusInside Textiles Library at Centennial Campus
7/1991 Centennial Campus Corporate Partner

Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) moves into Centennial Campus, becoming the first corporate tenant there.

7/26/1991 Installation troubles

The installation of a new irrigation system in the lawn next to the Student Center Annex (now called Witherspoon Student Center) results in a cut gas line, forcing the evacuation of Harris Hall, Pullen Hall, and the Student Center Annex.

1992 ABB becomes the University's first industrial partner on Centennial Campus
1992 Scott Hall Renovated
Entrance to Scott HallEntrance to Scott Hall
1/30/1992 Visual Arts Center opened

The Visual Arts Center opened in the Talley Student Center. The arts center later became known as the Gregg Museum of Art & Design.

Visual Arts Center opening nightVisual Arts Center opening night
February 1, 1992 Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center dedicated

The Casey Aquatic Center (also called the Carmichael Natatorium) was added onto Carmichael Gymnasium. Willis Casey was head swimming coach and later Athletics Director, from 1969 to 1986.

Carmichael NatatoriumCarmichael Natatorium
May 2, 1992 Fountain Dining Hall dedicated

Fountain Dining Hall was built in 1982 and named for Dr. Alvin Marcus Fountain, professor of English for 46 years.

Fountain Dining Hall, constructionFountain Dining Hall, construction
May 1, 1992 Alumni Centennial Gateway dedicated

At the corner of Western Boulevard and Gorman Street, the Alumni Centennial Gateway is a steel wall 18 feet high and 128 feet long, marking the entrance to the western part of campus.

Alumni Centennial GatewayAlumni Centennial Gateway
2/1993 Construction of Research Building III

After the site had been chosen in Apr. 1992, construction on the building began in Feb. 1993.

Research III Building construction on Centennial CampusResearch III Building construction on Centennial Campus
12/1993 National Weather Service office established

The National Weather Service established a Forecast Office in Research Building III and became the first government partner at Centennial Campus.

NOAA National Weather Service on Centennial CampusNOAA National Weather Service on Centennial Campus
1994 Textile Protection and Comfort Center established

The Textile Protection and Comfort Center, within the College of Textiles on Centennial Campus, provides a facility for testing the performance of various textile materials

10/1994 Centennial Campus 10-Year Celebration
James Hunt speaking at Centennial Campus's ten year celebrationJames Hunt speaking at Centennial Campus's ten year celebration
4/1/1995 Witherspoon Student Center dedicated

The building formerly known as the Student Center Annex was dedicated on this date to honor Dr. Augustus McIver Witherspoon. It thus became the first building on campus named after an African American. Dr. Witherspoon earned his Ph.D. in Botany from NCSU in 1971, making him the second African American student to receive a Ph.D. from NC State. He joined the faculty as Instructor of Botany and eventually held the following posts at NCSU: Full Professor, Assistant ... More

Witherspoon Student CenterWitherspoon Student Center
6/1995 Research Building IV construction began
Research IV Building construction on Centennial CampusResearch IV Building construction on Centennial Campus
1996 Constructed Facilities Laboratory building opens

Department laboratory space expands to occupy part of the Constructed Facilities Laboratory on Centennial Campus. The laboratory became a hub of collaboration between the Civil Engineering department and private and government entities, to develop and evaluate the performance of new products and innovative structural systems. The facility included an environmental chamber used to test large-scale structural components subjected to severe environmental conditions, ... More

Constructed Facilities Lab on Centennial CampusConstructed Facilities Lab on Centennial Campus
11/1996 First departments from College of Engineering move to Centennial Campus
1997 A campus street is named after Katharine Stinson

Katharine Stinson, the first woman to graduate from NC State's School of Engineering, has a street named after her. Katharine Stinson Drive, formerly North Yarbrough Drive, is one of the longest streets on campus.

Katharine Stinson with three studentsKatharine Stinson with three students
1/1997 Partners Building 1

After construction had begun in Aug. 1995, staff moved into the building in January 1997.

Partners I Building on Centennial CampusPartners I Building on Centennial Campus
1/1997 Centennial Parkway opened

The 1.9 miles Centennial Parkway access road opened at a cost of approximately $5 million.

March 1997 Liquid Order Plaza built

The Liquid Order Plaza, adjacent to the Monteith Research Center on Centennial Campus, was designed by artist Jun Kaneko.

Engineering Graduate Research Center construction on Centennial CampusEngineering Graduate Research Center construction on Centennial Campus
7/22/1997 Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena, located next to Carter-Finley Stadium, which was being built as the new home of NC State Men's Basketball and the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. This became the RBC Center and, later, the PNC Arena.

1998 Engineering Graduate Research Center dedicated
Engineering Graduate Research Center on Centennial CampusEngineering Graduate Research Center on Centennial Campus
1999 Greek Village

Fraternity Court was renamed Greek Village.

1999 Partners Building II completed
Partners II Building on Centennial CampusPartners II Building on Centennial Campus
1999 Student Health Center built

The Student Health Center building houses medical clinics, health education, mental health services and disability services.

Student Health BuildingStudent Health Building
1999 North Shore

Development of the North Shore condomium community began.

11/19/1999 First game at the PNC Arena

The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center).

First score in the new "ESA" against Georgia, 1999First score in the new "ESA" against Georgia, 1999


2000 Bonds for Higher Education

North Carolina voters approved the Higher Education Facilities Financing Act. NC State's portion of the bond package (more than $468 million) resulted in four dozen construction projects on campus, including new classrooms and laboratories, as well as major renovations of many older buildings.

Fall 2000 Centennial Magnet Middle School

After construction had begun in 1997, the Centennial Magnet Middle School opened in Aug. 2000.

Centennial Campus Middle SchoolCentennial Campus Middle School
9/21/2000 Victory celebration

After an overtime football victory over Georgia Tech at Carter-Finley Stadium, NC State students tear down a goalpost and carry it down Hillsborough Street towards campus, making it as far the Waffle House; the goalpost costs $5,000 to replace.

12/2000 Spring Hill District

The state of North Carolina transferred Spring Hill House (ca. 1820) and approximately 130 acres from Dorothea Dix Hospital to North Carolina State University. In February 2001 the Board of Trustees approved the addition of the Spring Hill District (or Precinct) to Centennial Campus. The Japan Center moved into Spring Hill House in June 2001.

Front view, Spring Hill House, Dorothea Dix Hospital, Raleigh, Wake County, North CarolinaFront view, Spring Hill House, Dorothea Dix Hospital, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina
2001 Toxicology Building Opened on Centennial Campus
2002 Hill of Beans coffee bar

The Hill of Beans coffee bar opened in the D. H. Hill Jr. Library.

2002 Varsity Research Building opens

Originally known as the Flex Building, the Varsity Research Building served as swing space during a ten year construction campaign. It now houses various research units.

2003 Wendell H. Murphy Football Center opens

Wendell Murphy, an alumnus, is a philanthropist and member of the Alexander Quarles Holladay Lifetime Giving Society.

Murphy Football CenterMurphy Football Center
2004 Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens

The Fox Science Teaching Laboratory opens, making new undergraduate chemistry lab facilities to students.

Marye Anne Fox Science Teaching LaboratoryMarye Anne Fox Science Teaching Laboratory
2004 J.W. Isenhour tennis facility opens
Tennis coach John W. IsenhourTennis coach John W. Isenhour
2004 Partners Building III completed
2004 Engineering Building I completed

This building was funded through the Bonds for Education program.

2004 Wolf Village opens

Wolf Village Housing Complex provides housing for upperclassmen on campus

Wolf VillageWolf Village
September 17, 2004 Joyner Visitor Center dedicated

The Joyner Visitor Center was named for E. Carroll Joyner, an alumnus and honorary degree recipient. He also received the Watauga medal and was director of the NC State Foundation. The center was founded for prospective students and their families, as well as other visitors.

Joyner Visitor CenterJoyner Visitor Center
2005 Monteith Engineering Research Center renamed

The Engineering Graduate Research Center was renamed after Larry Monteith, chancellor of NC State from 1989 to 1998.

Chancellor Larry K. MonteithChancellor Larry K. Monteith
2005 Engineering Building II completed

This building was funded through the Bonds for Education program.

Engineering Building II, constructionEngineering Building II, construction
2005 College of Veterinary Medicine Research Building opens
11/2005 William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

After being established in 2003, the Friday Institute moved into its new facility in Nov. 2005

Friday InstituteFriday Institute
2006 Block S changes on the Brickyard

The Block S on the Brickyard was changed to include the "N" and "C." Previously it has just had the letter "S," which caused Chancellor Oblinger to say "it looks like this is Stanford."

9/2006 Park Alumni Center

The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center opened on the southern shore of Lake Raleigh

Wolves at Park Alumni CenterWolves at Park Alumni Center
2007 Funding for new Centennial Campus library

The North Carolina General Assembly appropriates funding for the planning of the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, to be built on Centennial Campus.

2007 Centennial Biomedical Campus groundbreaking

Anchored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the CBC is located on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road. It is home to the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center, more than 60 corporate and government partners, and 73 academic units.

2007 Jordan Hall addition

The addition significantly increased the amount of office and classroom space for the College of Natural Resources.

Jordan Hall AdditionJordan Hall Addition
3/12/2007 East Wing renovation

A major renovation of the east wing of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library was completed, featuring the Learning Commons, the Conservatory, the Special Collections Reading Room, and the Exhibit Gallery. The opening of the newly refurbished space coincided with the fifty-second anniversary of the dedication of the original building in 1955.

9/19/2007 BTEC established

The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) was established on Centennial Campus. The facility allows for simulation of biopharmaceutical products and packaging in a sterile environment.

11/5/2008 Racist graffiti directed at Obama

Racist and threatening graffiti, directed at (then) President-elect Barack Obama, was found in the Free Expression Tunnel. Because of the threats, the Secret Service was among those called to investigate. The four students responsible were identified and admitted to the act. The students issued an anonymous public apology. In response to the incident, which received international media attention, Chancellor Oblinger established the Campus Culture Task Force ... More

2009 SAS Hall dedicated

SAS Hall is dedicated as the new home of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. The 119,000 square-foot building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, tutorial centers and meeting and study space for students and faculty.

SAS HallSAS Hall
2009 Keystone Science Center built

The Center, originally called the Centennial Science Center, houses the FREEDM Center, as well as office and lab space. It is on Centennial Campus.

7/31/2009 Lonnie Poole Golf Course opened

Poole was founder of Waste Industries USA, and he contributed $3 million to the project.


2010 Construction begins on the New Chancellor's Residence

College of Design Dean Marvin Malecha leads the design effort.

2010 Wolf Sculptures unveiled in Wolf Plaza

The trio of bronze wolf sculptures were created by artist Michael Stutz.

Installation of Wolf statues in front of Free Expression TunnelInstallation of Wolf statues in front of Free Expression Tunnel
2010 Terry Companion Veterinary Medical Center opens
9/15/2010 Engineering Building III dedicated

This building was built with 80 labs and 2 wind tunnels, and it had the first green roof on Centennial Campus.

2011 The Point completed

The new chancellor's residence replaced the one on Hillsborough Street, which then became the Gregg Museum.

04/2011 Innovation Cafe opens

The Innovation Cafe provides Engineering and Textiles students with a new eating option.

Innovation Cafe on Centennial CampusInnovation Cafe on Centennial Campus
2012 Greek Village reopens

Greek Village reopened with the newly constructed Kappa Delta house. Redevelopment of Greek Village had begun in 2008 when the aging buildings began to be demolished.

April 2013 Gregg Museum moves

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design temporarily moves off-campus to Brickhaven, near the Raulston Arboretum, while the Old Chancellor's Residence space is prepared for it.

4/3/2013 James B. Hunt Jr. Library dedication

The library was named in honor of former four-term N.C. Governor and NC State alumnus James B. Hunt Jr. Also housed in the building is the Institute for Emerging Issues.

Plaque at Hunt LibraryPlaque at Hunt Library
4/19/2013 Research Building I renamed Poulton Innovation Center

Research Building I was renamed after Bruce Poulton, 10th chancellor of NC State (1982-1989). The university had acquired Centennial Campus during his term in office.

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8/19/2013 Wolf Ridge Apartments

The six-building complex was built to accommodate approximately 1,200 graduate and upper-division students, and it was the first LEED-certified residence hall at the university.

10/23/2013 New Talley Student Union, Phase I opened

With the new construction and remodeling, Phase I of the new Talley Student Union opened with four new dining options and the Talley Market.

Talley Student CenterTalley Student Center
2013 AIA/ALA Library Building Award

Immediately after dedication, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library won the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association Building Award. It later garnered many additional prestigious awards and was featured in Architecture magazine. Time magazine called it the "library of the future."

2014 Award Winning Hunt Library

The Hunt Library won the ALA Library Interior Design Award and the AIA Education Facility Design Award.

James B. Hunt Library rendering -- West FacadeJames B. Hunt Library rendering -- West Facade
2014 The Greens apartment community opened
2014 North Shore expansion

New development began in the North Shore condominium community.

May 2015 Talley Student Center renovation completed

The renovated space provides office for the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, Multicultural Student Affairs, Greek Life, and the University Graduate Student Association.

Talley Student Center ProjectTalley Student Center Project
Summer 2016 Harrelson Hall demolished
Harrelson Hall Demolition, June 2016Harrelson Hall Demolition, June 2016
8/26/2017 Gregg Museum reopens

The museum reopened in the former chancellor's residence, which included a significant addition to the building.

Gregg Art Museum Project, February 2017Gregg Art Museum Project, February 2017
10/11/2017 StateView Hotel opened

The hotel opened with 90 king-sized rooms, 70 double-double rooms, 3 suites, a bar, a full-service restaurant, and eight meeting rooms.


2020 Renovation to Carmichael Gymnasium Completed

The Wellness and Recreation Center opened in Carmichael Gymnasium after a five year renovation.

2020 Fitts-Woolard Hall opens

Fitts-Woolard Hall is NC State’s 225,000-square-foot engineering innovation building. Fitts-Woolard Hall brings the College of Engineering together on Centennial Campus by serving as the home for the dean’s administration; the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; and the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and System Engineering.