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.
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.