The changing face of Athens illustrated in the previous section has its counterpart at Concord and in the surrounding area. In this section we take a closer look at change that follows different priorities and needs in education. As with the town, changing interests and objectives are reflected in the Concord campus. As priorities change, we often lament the passing of the old at the same time we share excitement for the new. It is a bittersweet.
In developing this section we found that there is more readily available documentation of construction in the early days and demolition in more recent days. This is understandable, on reflection, since no one intentionally builds something to have it soon destroyed. The excitement is in the building. And a sense of loss is in the destruction. In some cases we have found photographs of both construction and demolition of landmarks in the Athens We Knew. But it's ironic that we have found many photos of the demolition for the old Bank of Athens building, for example, but very few of the third building construction next door that was to replace it. To achieve a better balance, we're hopeful that Athens We Knew visitors will share photographs that illustrate the dynamics of change in town, on campus, and the nearby surrounding area. If you have individual photographs or a series that you wish to share, please contact us here.
Restorations, Renovations, Repairs, Demolitions and New Directions
Concord Campus Overview
As described in the early history of the Concord State Normal School, the current site of the campus followed from a disastrous fire in 1910 that destroyed the school's only building. While churches, storerooms and lodge halls were made available for continuation of classes without interruption, efforts to rebuild the main building proved successful when the Governor approved appropriations to rebuild the main building on a tract of land donated by Stephen T. and Rhoda A. Vermillion on March 1, 1911. The photo to the right shows the original entrance to the new campus with the Vermillion homeplace in the background. A photographic overview of the evolution of the campus is available here.
Send your photographs by contacting us here. This section will be expanded to include visitor-contributed images of Athens and Concord University as they have changed over the years.
In many cases facilities fall into disrepair, are badly damaged, or accidentially destroyed. In these cases change is inevitable. Examples appear in the next section. Click here.