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Thompson Gym, front view

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

Title:
Thompson Gym, front view
Topics:
Campus and Town
Subjects:
Universities and colleges
Original Format:
Black-and-white print (photograph)
Item identifier:
0003697
Created Date:
circa to
Description:
Thompson Theatre is named for Frank Martin Thompson (1886-1918), an engineering major at the college and 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. Thompson Theatre was originally called Thompson Gymnasium and served as the basketball facility before Reynolds Coliseum opened in 1949. It was built in 1925 and renovated in 1963.
Genre:
Architectural photographs
Photographs
Names:
North Carolina State University -- Buildings more info on North Carolina State University -- Buildings 
North Carolina State University -- Social aspects more info on North Carolina State University -- Social aspects 
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