VII
THE COLLEGE BUILDINGS
We now come to consider in its various aspects the work to
which the Board of Trustees laid their hands in developing the
institution. We shall see that it was a great work, and despite the
opposition and scoffs of some and the misgivings and fears of
others, the chosen few of those named as Trustees performed the
work in a great way.
And first we turn to consider the Board's work in providing
buildings for the
Institute.1
At the first meeting, following the report
of the Building Committee, it was decided to erect a permanent
building as soon as the funds would permit, and to erect
immediately one two-story house 50 by 30 feet, and eight houses 26
by 12 feet, with stack chimneys and ten-foot sheds.2
Work on these temporary buildings was immediately begun and
pushed with such vigor that the large building and two of the smaller
buildings had been completed before the end of the year. The large
building stood about where the gymnasium now stands. The first floor
was used for recitation rooms and probably for college chapel. The
second floor was divided into lodging rooms. This building seems to
have been of poor construction. It was hardly complete before the
question of alteration to secure its strength was
raised.3
A proposition
to put a cellar underneath to serve as a dining room does not seem to
have been accepted.4
Two of the smaller buildings were erected, one in the north end and
the other in the southern end of the
campus.5
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1
"A committee was created consisting of Messrs. Carter, Dockery, Outlaw,
Skinner, and Spivey, whose duty it was to present a plan of buildings necessary to
the successful prosecution of the Institute, and to report on Monday Next."
Proceedings, May 3, 1834.
2
Proceedings, May 5, 1834.
3
Proceedings, December 22-25, 1834.
4
Ibid.
5
Dr. J. H. Gorrell, "History of the Grounds," Bulletin, July, 1907, p. 101, says
with reference to one of these: "The north `Long Building' was bought in 1842 by
President Wait who moved it to a lot he had purchased on Main Street.
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