Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jun 20 2004

Benchmark at Concord: White Hall Demolition in Progress, Making Way for Technology Center

Athens, W.Va. – Workers began the process of tearing down the old John Baker White Hall to make way for the new Rahall Technology Center.

Crews began the demolition last Wednesday, June 16, and a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Monday, June 28, at 11:30 a.m. in the “valley” on Concord’s campus.

Built in 1939 under the direction of C.L. Lewis Company, contractors, and Alex B. Mahood, architect, “Boys Dormitory” rapidly took form. In 1940, the building was renamed White Hall in honor of John Baker White, Secretary of the West Virginia Board of Control. The Public Works Administration provided the labor and the completed building stood almost four stories high. The building cornerstone was laid on April 29, 1939 by the Masonic Grand Lodge of West Virginia. The building was constructed to eliminate as much noise as possible. The total acquisition cost of White Hall was $125,000 with 45% coming from a federal grant and the rest from bonds. The 1938 legislature appropriated $7,500 for furnishing the building with the latest in modern furniture.

For more information on the groundbreaking ceremony, contact Loretta Young, associate vice president for development, 1-304-384-5257 or


PHOTO: White Hall demolition begins.

PHOTO: Close-up of White Hall demolition.