|The Old Chambers Building before
and after the fire.
Dates: The cornerstone was laid in 1858 and the building was
completed in 1860. It burned down on November 21, 1921. The columns remained
standing until 1929.
Quotes: The whole College Building looks as if the projectors
remembered that they were building for a century and not for a score of years.
There is very little ornament about the building — nothing that glares — and
the Architect evidently relied for his effects mainly upon fine and grand
proportions. The staircases — the Halls– the Lecture Rooms — the Library and
the Chapel are all spacious and solid,
and though some of the interior arrangements may have to be changed, as
experience discovers defects, yet the general plan, we rejoice to know, is
beyond the hand of any architectural tinker. “Commencement at
Davidson College,” North Carolina Presbyterian. 28 July 1860.