Withers Hall


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Location: North Campus


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Built 1939
Renovated 2006

Sq. Footage 71,144

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History

Originally built for chemistry, this restrained Beaux Arts-style building honors William Alphonso Withers (1864-1924). The first chemist appointed at NC State's founding in 1889, Withers eventually served the University as vice president under President Riddick's administration. His accomplishments include the discovery of toxic properties in cottonseed and writing the North Carolina Pure Food and Drug legislation of 1899.

In addition, Withers was a member of the Agricultural Experiment Station to which he contributed pamphlets and bulletins. Several scientific societies were able to claim Withers as a member, including The Knights Templar and a colonial war society. For many years he was chairman of the local board of education. In 1917, Davidson College awarded Withers an honorary doctorate of science.


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