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Lamson Hall

Lamson Hall

Lamson Hall

Construction Date: 1896

Named For: Rev. Charles M. Lamson

Lamson Hall, built in 1896, housed administrative offices, a kitchen and dining room for the Boarding Department, classes for household arts, and a chapel. It also contained living space for women faculty members and female students. Four years after Slater Industrial Academy was founded in a one-room schoolhouse, this was the first building constructed on what is today the Winston-Salem State University campus. Named in honor of benefactor Reverend Charles M. Lamson of Hartford, Connecticut, the building was constructed primarily by the students of Slater Industrial Academy and State Normal School. According to a letter written by Dr. Simon G. Atkins to a Ms. Sandam, dated August 18, 1899, "We have made nearly one-hundred thousand bricks toward the new building of which Mr. Fries and I spoke to you. These bricks have been made by our own students." The formal dedication, attended by Mrs. Lamson, occurred on May 3, 1900, as a part of the commencement exercises. In 1939, Lamson Hall was razed to make way for the construction of Blair Hall.

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