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where the present Wait Hall stands, and later in the North Brick
House, which was replaced a few years ago by Simmons Dormitory.
On his resignation he prepared to give up the house for the next
president, Dr. Hooper, who, according to agreement with the
Trustees, found it vacant and ready for his occupation on his arrival at
the College in December, 1846.7
On the arrival of Dr. Gaines and his family at Wake Forest, they
found the former home of President Charles E. Taylor on North Main
Street provided as a residence for them, and the Trustees took
immediate action for the building of a president's home. The site
chosen was that of the former home of President Wingate, the first
place to the northwest of the campus on the Durham Road, two and
one-quarter acres. It was purchased at a cost of $5,500, and on it was
constructed a stone-veneer house of twelve rooms, at a cost of
$22,500.8 It was finished and occupied by the president and his family
on December 12, 1928 9 One of the first receptions given by
'President and Mrs. Gaines in their new home was that of February 5,
1929, in honor of Governor and Mrs. Max Gardner, attended by 500
guests. Governor Gardner had been inaugurated the previous January.
President Gaines did not delay long in carrying out the ideals for
the College that he had announced in his inaugural address, that it
should be "a small, cultural, Christian College." In the first of these
purposes, that of making Wake Forest a small college, which he
elaborated at length in his address, he was going counter to the
purpose of the founders, its traditions through the
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8 The building committee was J. M. Broughton, G. T. Stephenson, D. G.
Brummitt, R. E. Royall.
9 From the report of President Gaines, May, 1929: "On December 12, 1928, the
family of the president moved into the new home which you have provided. It is a
handsome house, growing more and more attractive as grass and hedge and flower-
bed and shrubbery enhance the setting of restfulness and of charm. The home has
these advantages of location: closeness to the campus and yet a screen of privacy,
eminence upon a hill commanding the vistas of wide delights that must have
enriched the soul of Wake Forest men all through the years who have looked
westward into splendor. I want to record gratefully my judgment that no college in
this section has provided more graciously for the comfort of its president."
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