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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.


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