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Thompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the background

Thompson Theatre, NCSU (Raleigh, N.C.)
Reynolds Coliseum, NCSU (Raleigh, N.C.)
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Item information

Title:
Thompson Gymnasium, with Reynolds Coliseum under construction in the background
Topics:
Campus and Town
Subjects:
Universities and colleges
Original Format:
Black-and-white print (photograph)
Item identifier:
0001534
Created Date:
circa
Description:
Thompson Gymnasium (now Theatre) is named for Frank Martin Thompson (1886-1918), an engineering major at the college who also served as captain of the baseball team and football team. He enlisted in the 15th machine gun battalion, Fifth Division during World War I and was killed in action in France. The gym served as the basketball facility before Reynolds Coliseum opened in 1949. It was built in 1925 and renovated in 1963. Reynolds Coliseum was started before World War II as the prime basketball facility. However, World War II stalled the project and it was not completed until 1949.
Genre:
Architectural photographs
Landscape photographs
Photographs
Names:
North Carolina State University -- Buildings more info on North Carolina State University -- Buildings 
North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina more info on North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina 
Location:
Raleigh (N.C)
Digital Project:
University Archives Photographs

Building: North Carolina State University, Frank Thompson Theatre -- Thompson Gymnasium (Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina)

Architect:
more info on Upjohn, Hobart Brown, 1876-1949 
Built:
Street:
Jenson Dr.
Community:
Raleigh
State:
North Carolina
Zip:
27606
Historical note:
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:
Raleigh (N.C)
Subjects:
Theaters
Universities and colleges
State universities and colleges -- North Carolina
College buildings -- North Carolina
School buildings
Latitude, Longitude:
35.7827, -78.666901

Building: North Carolina State University, William Neal Reynolds Coliseum (Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina)

Architect:
more info on Small, G. Milton (George Milton), Jr., 1916-1992 
Street:
2701 Sullivan Drive
Community:
Raleigh
State:
North Carolina
Zip:
27606
General note:
Completed in 1949, the building with seating for 14,000 people is named after William Neal Reynolds, president of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company founded by his brother. Construction of Reynolds Coliseum was originally proposed by David Clark after 5,000 people from all over North Carolina were rained out of a Farmers' Week meeting in 1940. The coliseum was home to the basketball team for nearly 50 years, including two NCAA champion teams. Reynolds Coliseum also provides a venue for large university and city events. Today it houses several NC State athletic teams, as well as NC State's ROTC units. The men’s basketball team moved to the RBC Center in 2000.
Location:
Raleigh (N.C)
Subjects:
Sports facilities
Latitude, Longitude:
35.783501, -78.669899