Goodnight Raleigh - a look at the art, architecture, history, and people of the city at night

Harrelson Hall

Flashback Friday this week brings us a slightly vintage view of the most loathed building at NC State, Harrelson Hall.

According to the NC State Special Collections Research Center blog, Historically Stated, this building was disliked early on:

The Department of History’s 1972 annual report described the building as “one of the most unsatisfactory academic buildings imaginable,” going on to accuse the structure of drastic temperature changes and crowded conditions.

A reader commented on our 2007 post on Harrelson Hall with a personal anecdote about how one faculty member felt about the building:

[…] Long time History department member Joe Hobbs has for decades told his students to “take a brick with them” as they leave his classes. He hoped to slowly demolish Harrelson, brick by brick. Here is hoping it is gone before he is.

Festus

There's an error on the back of this postcard. Do you know what it is?

Known as the “Round Building,” this remarkable structure houses the School of Liberal Arts at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It is the first round classroom facility ever built for a university.

I’m not sure if Dr. Hobbs is still there, but Festus received his wish almost one year ago when the Board of Trustees announced a formal approval for demolition. Harrelson Hall comes down in the Fall of 2014.


Discuss Raleigh

  • Recent Comments:

    • Tom Lytle: It is sad. My family lived there for 6 wks after moving to Raleigh in ’66. In ’74, my beloved...
    • Rob: While I never saw The Velvet Cloak Inn during its heyday, I did live across and up the street from it in the...
    • RaleighNative51: Richard Nixon resigned on 09 August 1974 a day after the postcard was cancelled.
    • Mark: Anyone know what, if any, beautiful Hillsborough st residence Velvet Cloak replaced? Judging by the massive...
    • TP: New to Raleigh & walk past this place all the time-have been curious about “the deal” there....
    • Paul Cooper: Disgraceful. To me, it is sad that many of the buildings that have made Raleigh unique have either been...
    • Sara H: For some time now, every time I pass the Raleigh Sandwich Shop, I want to buy it. I’d love it to be a...
    • Schteveo: Frankie, I usually ‘write’ my stuff in Word, then copy and paste here, BECAUSE I had one of my...


  •