The university’s new chancellor’s residence is going up right next door to the Park Alumni Center, on the shore of Lake Raleigh. It has been fascinating to watch the work on the building this summer. One day, I drove by and the lot had been cleared; the next day (or at least it seemed like the next day) the house was framed. College of Design Dean Marvin Malecha led the design effort, and the house is scheduled for completion next spring. Here, we’ve posted a current photo from the site and a picture of a model of the house.
You can follow the construction on University Communications’ blog This Red House. They’ve also done some terrific research on the history of the houses NC State presidents and chancellors have occupied. Here are some highlights from the information they’ve dug up:
- Alexander Holladay Quarles, NC State’s first president, lived for a short while on land between Enterprise Street and Maiden Lane, where the Bell Tower Mart now stands.
- In the early 1900s, almost all of NC State’s professors lived on Maiden Lane, near the intersection of Pullen Road and Hillsborough Street.
- The steps on the north side of the Bell Tower were built so the university’s third president, D.H. Hill, could get from his office in Holladay Hall to his house on Maiden more easily.
- Students called the home of President Carl Riddick “Pap’s House.”
- The current chancellor’s residence on Hillsborough Street was completed in 1928 at a cost of $30,000.
(Photographs courtesy of NC State News Services)