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members adjourned their sessions to go to Wait Chapel for a con-
cert by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of
Josef Krips, which included Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.
Conspicuous among participants in the Commission study was
Professor of Biology Charles M. Allen. Besides his years of teaching
at Wake Forest (he had first been appointed to the faculty in 1941),
he had served as Director of Concerts and Lectures, and was wide-
ly acclaimed for having brought to Wake Forest the most gifted
artists in the entire world of music. He was himself the owner of a
rare collection of classical music records, and he was an accom-
plished photographer. Besides, he knew and understood architec-
ture (he had contributed greatly to the design of Winston Hall and
had developed plans for his own house on Faculty Drive), and was
therefore brilliantly qualified to accept a request from President
Scales that he become chairman of the task force to carry forward
the findings of the Commission.
During the weeks of the spring term that remained, the arts
task force reviewed proposals from thirty to forty architects, invit-
ed seven to come to the campus for interviews, and settled on three
finalists, including Caudill Rowlett Scott of Houston, the firm that
was eventually awarded the contract. Charles Allen would himself
be on hand, almost every day, to oversee the work of the buildings
whenever construction began.
As the University looked hopefully to the day when a fine arts
center would rise on the sloping green field west across the street from
Taylor Dormitory, it also was increasingly alert to the approach of a
milestone in Wake Forest history: the 150th anniversary of the found-
ing of the College. President Scales, avidly aware of all occasions for
celebration, began to speak promisingly of the “Sesquicentennial”
which would occur in 1984 and to define what he hoped might be
accomplished during the decade and a half before 1984 arrived. He
divided those future years into three phases: in the first phase (to 1976)
he would seek funds for a new classroom building to relieve “con-
gestion in Wingate, Salem and Babcock”; in the second phase (1976–
1980) money would be sought for a second classroom building and for
a “comprehensive health center”; and in the third phase (1980-1984)
a third classroom building and an annex to the Z. Smith Reynolds
Library would, he anticipated, be needed. In each phase there would
be concentrated efforts to build the university’s endowment.
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