320 History of 'Wake Forest College
Old Gymnasium and left the entire second floor of the Heck-Williams
Building for the School of Law; this has been fitted up with
classrooms and. offices for the professors, resulting in fairly
commodious and convenient accommodations for the School, but
much inferior to what a separate building designed for the purpose
17 That the School of Law was so long without adequate quarters and equipment
was not due to any failure of Dean Gulley to recognize and urge their importance on
the Board of Trustees. In his report to the Board in May, 1908, he said: "It is
possible to build here a Law School that will compare favorably with any in the
nation. We have the foundation. If we had the money to build a suitable building
and provide a first-class library, the tuition and fees from the increased number of
students would provide for increased teaching force as necessity for the same would
arise. A careful survey of all the conditions and circumstances leads me to the
conclusion that it is easily possible for us to make this School a great power in the
Again, in his report of May, 1909, Dean Gulley said: "The need of better
equipment in the form of lecture rooms and library is becoming more and more
pressing. We need a twenty thousand dollar building, with a library in it, the best
that could be bought for twenty thousand dollars. If the money for the building
could be furnished I think I could get the amount for the library."
In December, 1911, Dean Gulley proposed to the Trustees that he would
undertake to raise the money for a law building, and secured approval of his plan.
His report to the Trustees in May, 1912, explains what followed; it reads: "The
matter of raising funds for a Law Building has been a great disappointment to me.
During the month of February I wrote personal letters to a considerable number of
former students, advising them of the order made by our Trustees at the December
meeting and asking their cooperation in the work. I received prompt and
enthusiastic replies from a large number and was preparing to begin the actual work
of getting money for the purpose, when some of the brethren engaged in the work of
raising funds for the endowment of our sister institution, Meredith College, raised
strenuous objection to my entering the field at that time to raise money for this
purpose. There was a difference of opinion as to the conflict between the two things,
but I let the matter rest where it was. This delay means the practical loss of a year,
as we cannot now begin the building before the Spring of 1913. I hope to resume
the work in August and have matters ready for the building next spring."
Here the matter rested; nothing more was done. The Trustees were raising money
for a new dormitory, and a year later a campaign to raise money for building a
church was in progress; it was then May, 1914, and soon the world was at war and
continued so for four years. It was 1926 before the School of Law got out of its
narrow quarters in the northern end of the Heck-Williams Building. See also the
close of Dean Gulley's article. "The Wake Forest Law School," Bulletin of W.F.C.,
IX., 141.
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