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but his health problems would continue and would foretell an
earlier retirement from his presidency than might otherwise have
been anticipated.
In April, with the approval of the University, a concert shell,
designed by Professor Charles Allen, was built at Graylyn, the gift
of Lorraine Rudolph of Winston-Salem. It was designed to be used
by the Winston-Salem Symphony for its summer “Music at Sunset”
concerts. On June 22, during one of these concerts, attended by more
than seven thousand people, the manor house at Graylyn caught
fire and burned—in Scales’s words, “a raging inferno”—for about
six hours. The fire had started on the third floor, which was virtu-
ally gutted; there was extensive damage to the roof; the first and
second floors were harmed by smoke and water; but the beautiful
public rooms on the ground floor remained virtually untouched.
The University had planned to house sixty-six students at Graylyn
in the fall, but, fortunately, no one was living there on the night of
the fire.
President Scales responded with his characteristic hope and
optimism: “Graylyn will be rebuilt. It is a precious legacy, on the
register of great homes. Rebuilding it is our debt to the past.”
Graylyn: while it burned
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