Gym Phase III
In 1966, the General Assembly appropriated $1.39M for a physical education addition to the gym. In July 1966, 805, 807, 808 and 811 West Franklin Street were purchased for a total expenditure of $183,000. The buildings were approximately 70 years old and deemed not suited for use by the college. They were all demolished in November 1966 in order to make room for the third addition to the gym.
The third phase of the gym was designed by Wright, Jones & Wilkerson, Architects. The original plan for the third phase of the gym called for construction of a new façade to be added to the second addition to tie it in with the third addition. A letter from the Governor’s office dated January 24, 1967 deemed that plan was not practical and the façade of the second addition remained as it was originally designed.
Students in the 1950s through the early 1970s often called this the New Gym and the gym was often used for dances and concerts. Among the many bands to play here was Bruce Springsteen's early band several times in the early 1970s.