Location: 2620 Cates Avenue
Named in honor of: Percy Walter Price
Square Footage: 21,525
Year Built: 1972
Percy Walter (Daddy) Price, who is the father of today’s musical organizations on campus. Price began his career as an organizer and director of music in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. There, working in a textile mill, he balanced his time between employee training for the company and leading its various music clubs. (new paragraph) In the fall of 1918, NC State hired Price as an instructor in textiles and director of music. Price’s extracurricular work with the ROTC band grew, until he had organized a concert band, orchestra and glee club. In 1923, he was appointed full-time director of music. Price’s glee club would play for military units, football games and the “State Fair Special” train that toured the state each year before the fair.
The first Pullen Hall had been the original music building; however, it was burned down by a fire caused by a student arsonist. The new Price Music Center contains three large rehearsal halls, each a building within a building, surrounded by three feet of space, and self-sealing doors
Location: 2610 Cates Avenue
Named in honor of: Dr. Banks Talley Jr.
Square Footage: 283,000
Year Built: Original Building 1972, Renovated in 1994, Renovated and Expanded in 2013.
Originally named the University Student Center when it opened, the student center was the new home for student life replacing the original Erdahl-Cloyd Union (the current Erdahl-Cloyd Wing of the D.H. Hill Library and the Atrium). Talley Student Union is named for the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Emeritus, Dr. Banks C. Talley, Jr. Construction of the building was initially completed in April, 1972 with the addition of the three-story Gallery of Art and Design (now the Gregg Museum of Art & Design) finished in August, 1991.
Talley Student Union is currently in the midst of a $120 million renovation and expansion, set to open Phase I in late 2013 and Phase II in late 2014.
Location: 2241 Dunn Avenue
Named in honor of: Frank Martin Thompson
Square Footage: 57,020
Year Built: Original Building 1925, Renovated in 1963 and 2009.
In 1963 after renovations, the Thompson Gymnasium emerged as the Thompson Theater. Originally, the gymnasium was intended to establish a routine physical fitness schedule for students, since military drills were no longer required after World War I. Thompson Gymnasium became the first indoor athletic facility complete with two gyms, an indoor swimming pool, and an elevated indoor track. It also became the center for intercollegiate games. However, when Reynolds Coliseum took over the role of basketball facility, it left the classic building, with its urns and other ornamental architecture, open for the dramatic arts.
Location: 2810 Cates Avenue
Named in honor of: Augustus M. Witherspoon
Square Footage: 37,500
Year Built: Original Building 1990.
Originally named the Student Center Annex, Witherspoon Student Center is named after Augustus M. Witherspoon to honor his dedication of mentoring students while serving as an outstanding researcher, professor, and community leader. Augustus M. Witherspoon was the first African American professor at NC State and the second African American to receive a PhD from NC State.