Architecture through the ages...
Cullowhee Academy Building

“New Cullowhee Academy.” The Madison Era: 1888-1912

This building was a single classroom building, which educated 18 students at the time. Soon, after the first year, 100 students had registered. The building on the right is the second building built on campus that was the art building
Old Madison Building (1903 - 1904)

“Old Madison Building.” The Madison Era: 1888-1912

The Old Madison Building, named after the founder Robert Madison, was the first major school building as well as the first state funded building. It consisted of classrooms, offices, and an auditorium. The top left tower in the picture was the bell tower. The bell was later moved to the Alumni Tower.
Davies Home • Altacrest

“Davies Home.” The Madison Era: 1888-1912

The Davies Home was built and was first occupied in 1910. It was the first to accommodate female students. This building was originally named Altacrest.
The Moore Building

The Moore Building

It was named for Board of Trustees member Walter E. Moore. In 1924, the Moore Dormitory was completed and occupied by 180 women, and in 1929 the west wing was completed. The Moore building was reconstructed many times throughout it’s years and is one of campus’ historic site buildings. The building once held female dormitories, science labs, its own bank, post office, cafeteria, library, classrooms, and even a morgue for curriculum. Currently the building is under renovation again after many years of being closed and vacant.
Bird Alumni

The Bird Alumni house was built in 1940 and was originally an old farmhouse that the school paid to renovate. This home was the chancellor’s house at the time before becoming the Bird Alumni house. It was the residence of Dean Ernest Bird when he was acting president of WCU during the years of 1947-1949 and 1956-1957 and in 1991, it was opened for guests by Chancellor Myron Coulter. The Alumni building is mainly used for chancellors guests.
Guest House

Guest house is currently unoccupied and used as storage.
Jenkins House

Location unknown, building unknown, All that is known is that it is in the budget report for the building’s owned by WCU.

Above: Boodleville (1946)

Boodleville was once its own town. Constructed of small huts and was a small campus community. They house students to WWII veterans. Boodleville had its own fire department, mayor, and council. Although Boodleville lives in the past; Currently, Residence Hall Albright-Benton, stands in its place.
Hunter Library

Hunter Library

Hunter Library was named after Hiram T. Hunter, who served as president for 20 years of Western. The library name was dedicated by First Lady of the United States, Lady Bird Johnson. The hunter Library has been renovated many times and became one of the biggest libraries in western area of NC.
Chancellor's Home

The Chancellor’s home was built in 1954 during Western Carolina President Ried’s term. (1947-1949 and 1956-1957) Chancellor's house was built to replace the previous residence of the Campus's leader, Bird Alumni House.

The chancellor’s home was built on the hillcrest beside Robertson and Reynolds for chancellor Ried at the time, so he may always wake up in the morning and overlook the beautiful campus buildings.

Buchanan Residence Hall is named after Harry E. Buchanan, born in Sylva, North Carolina and grew up in Jackson County. Harry Buchanan became president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and served as the town Mayor. Harry Buchanan was a major local influencer for his time, particularly to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and his leadership in establishing the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills. At the age of 17, Buchanan also opened a motion picture theatre in Sylva, North Carolina.
Bird Building

Bird Building

Bird building built in 1960, named for former WCU president W. Ernest Bird.

Bird building replaced Graham infirmary as it’s health and wellness building. Caring for the health of students and staff on campus.
Albright Benton

Albright Benton

Ablright/Benton residence hall is named after, Anne P. Albright, Dean of Women, and Alice A. Benton, a professor at Western Carolina University for 37 years.  
Camp Building

Camp Building

The Camp Building was constructed in 1965 and was named for Cordelia Camp (1884-1973) who was a professor of education from 1927-1950. The Camp building served as a k-8 Laboratory school for local children and the students of WCU. The school closed and today the Camp building became the University Outreach Center and University Police Department. The side of the Camp building even has it’s own day care center for WCU students and staff.
Scott Residence Hall

Scott Hall was built in 1969 and named after Mary White Scott, Mother of Governor Robert Scott who served North Carolina from 1969-1970. The residence hall served as a women’s dorm during it’s time and later was demolished.
Walker Residence Hall

Walker Residence Hall

Walker Residence Hall was built in 1972, named after Edyth Walker, and held the women’s dormitory. Walker Residence Hall later demolished.
Jordan-Phillips House

Jordan-Phillips House

Skeet Shooting Range

Unknown location, but this storage building and or location is within the WCU budget report
Natural Sciences Building

Natural Sciences Building

The natural science building was built in 1977 and at the time was fully equipped and the state of the art. Over the years, it became outdated and in need of a rehaul. It was replaced with the newly constructed science building Apodaca.


The Music and English Building was completed in 1978. In 1994 it was renamed for Myron Coulter, who served as Chancellor from 1984-1994, and is now known as the Myron L. Coulter Building.


Liston B. Ramsey Center (Liston B. Ramsey)


The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center was completed in 1986, Named After Liston B. Ramsey, of Madison County politician, who served as Speaker of North Carolina House of Representatives for four-year term in 1981-1989.
Alumni Tower


The tower was built in 1989, The bell was originally on the tower on the old Madison building. It was removed and placed in the center of campus social courtyard area in the Alumni Tower. The bell is inscribed “State Normal Department, Cullowhee High School, N.C. Ring out the false, ring the true.”
Center of Applied Technology = CAT

The Center of Applied Technology building was built in 1990 and is an academic building for Rapid Product Development, working with regional industry and entrepreneurs on product research and development, lean manufacturing improvements, and more. Also, CAT Studios is in the Center of Applied Technology building, which includes a full-scale broadcast recording studio used by our communication, film and television, and electronic music programs as well as area broadcasting entities.
Campus Recreation Center

The Campus Recreation Center is a stand-alone facility built in 2008 and it’s the heart of the campus and features its own indoor rock-climbing wall, indoor jogging/walking track, multiple purpose courts, exercise studios, meeting rooms, classrooms, offices, and locker rooms.
Balsam Residence Hall

Balsam Residence Hall

Balsam residence hall was built in 2009 after the demolition of Leatherwood Residence Hall. It was named after the Great Balsam Mountain area.
Health and Human Sciences Building (HHS)

Health and Human Sciences Building (HHS)

Built in 2012, the Health and Human services building is a state of the are designed and constructed to specifically meet the educational needs of the 21st century training healthcare professions. Equipped with high tech classrooms and lab space for a wide range of fields.
Allen Residence Hall

Allen Residence Hall was built in 2019 and named in honor of WCC(WCU) first African American student to attend/enroll, Levern Hamlin Allen. She arrived at Western Carolina College in 1957, three years after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Levern Allen stated she choose WCC at the time, because during admissions, they didn’t require a photo I.D. and soon became in WCU history as the first African American to enroll and attend school at WCC(WCU).