This building is the oldest academic building still on campus today. Originally housing
the Conservatory of Music, the purpose of the building shifted dramatically when the
Seminary building was destroyed in 1905. It was used for offices and classrooms until
the Administration Building was built. Then it shifted again to meet the needs of the
college. For example, during an outbreak of the Spanish Flu in the fall of 1918 it was an
infirmary for soldiers in training here. At various times it has housed the Art
Department, Admissions, and English Department.
This building has served well for West Virginia Wesleyan College. The first and oldest building built as an academic building (rather than administrative or housing) it was originally a Conservatory of Music.
When the campus was expanded again in 1902, the trustees opted for an entirely modest, yet functional three-story brick and stone building to serve as home for the seminary's Conservatory of Music.1
At one time[,] approximately one half of the corps was receiving hospital care on cots distributed through the building.2