It usually is noted in any discussion of the lively late 1960s at UNC that he students-mad about he war and the plight of the cafeteria wmkers, and hopped up as they were on everything anti-establishment- nevertheless did not reach the point of taking over the adminis- tration building. The fact is, Carolina gentlemen didn't wait for the administrators to move in before they took it over. Main Building, imaginatively renamed "South" to make it easier to find, was a roofless shell for its first 14 years. Students who in that time were crowded four to a room in Old East ook to building makeshift huts inside the new stmcture, and there they held up, in fair weather at least. It took two lotteries and a statewide grass- roots fund raising tour by University Pres- ident Joseph Caldwell (which must have been humbling ..."Hear ye, our planters'
South Building is sedate in its old age.
There hasn}t been a cowan the thirdfloor,
or a good fireball tossing} for years.
sons are squatting in open air inside the
walls of our grand new three-story building,
which at this point is one-and-a-halfstories
and holding") to raise the wherewithal to
finally move in the Dialectic and Philan-
thropic societies, a prayer hall and dorm
space for 80 students in 1814. Actually there
were not, in those years, enough deans and
assistant vice chancellors to justif Y a whole
"adnlinistration" building-they came later.
A newspaper editor called it William
Richardson Davie's "Temple of Folly."
The critic declared it "much too large for
usefulness," which logic he unfortunately
declined to explain.
Happy birthday to South Building, 200
this year, ifyou count from the laying of the
comerstone, which we cannot find anymore.
One of the first tenants of
the fitlished building was
future U.S. President James
K. Polk (class of1818). A
visitor to the sprawling first-
floor office of Michael
But South Building's past has much to
say about the direction the University took,
and what her students did when they
weren't pondering Pericles.
To start with, it wasn't supposed to be
where it is. The original plan for the campus
envisioned Old East as the north wing of
a long contiguous east-facing structure, with
a main portion that would have straddled
what's now Cameron Avenue and a match-
ing wing stretching south through the
eventual site of the Playmakers Theatre
and Steele Building. But, as the man said,
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