A Historical Timeline of the Buildings at the
UNC Asheville Campus
in North Asheville
Phillips Hall (1961):
The University’s main administration building, Phillips Hall, was completed in
1961. In 1970, the building was officially named in honor of Robert F. Phillips,
a member of the UNC Board of Governors and the Asheville-Biltmore College Board
Rhoades Hall (1961):
Rhoades Hall was named in honor of Verne Rhoades, a prominent Western North
Carolina scientific forester, whose family donated land to create W.T. Weaver
Blvd., an important access route to the University. Rhoades Hall was completed
Justice Center (1963):
Charles “Choo-Choo” Justice began his extraordinary football career on the
Asheville High football team. After serving in World War II, Justice was an
all-American at UNC Chapel Hill and went on to play for the Washington Redskins.
The Justice Center was named for the outstanding local athlete in 1973, 10 years
after the building’s construction.
Physical Plant (1963):
This building houses the departments of
Facilities Management and Design and Construction. It is scheduled to be
removed in the next 2-3 years when the new Sam Millar Campus Operations Center
opens in 2006
Lipinsky Hall (1964):
Constructed in 1964 as the campus’s first student union, Lipinsky Hall was named
for local businessman and community leader Louis Lipinsky. A trustee of
Asheville-Biltmore College, a UNC Asheville predecessor institution, Lipinsky
was instrumental in generating support for the 1958 and 1961 bond referenda
which funded the move from Seely’s Castle to the present site of the campus.
Ramsey Library (1965):
Editor of The Asheville Citizen, and city and state official, D. Hiden
Ramsey was the first chairman of the statewide Board of Higher Education. Ramsey
Library was constructed in 1965 and was the first building on campus to be
Carmichael Hall (1966):
Constructed in 1966, Carmichael Hall was named after Dr. Oliver Cromwell
Carmichael, former chairman of North Carolina’s Board of Higher Education.
Regarded as one of the leading educators in America, Carmichael was a Rhodes
Scholar and British Army volunteer. He later served as president of the
University of Alabama, chancellor of Vanderbilt University and president of the
New York Board of Regents.
Governors Village (1967): Named
after the North Carolina governors most associated with education (except for
Samuel Ashe, namesake of Asheville), the Governor’s Village was the college’s
first residence hall complex. The buildings were designed small so as to be
homier and housed two students in each room. Three of the original buildings
were torn down in 2001 to make way for Governor’s Hall. Six remain and will be
replaced in the next two years.
Weizenblatt Hall (1972):
Constructed in 1972, the student health center was named for Dr. Sprinza
Weizenblatt. An Asheville physician and philanthropist, she was a longtime
supporter of the University and provided multiple scholarships for students.
Zageir Hall (1975):
Constructed in 1975, Zageir Hall was named after Coleman Zageir, a longtime
supporter of the University. He and his wife, Helen, created the Sara and Joseph
Breman Fund, the first major donation of its kind earmarked for endowing support
for a faculty member.
Carol Belk Theatre (1976):
The 1976 construction of the Carol Belk theatre was made possible by Irwin Belk
of Charlotte, a generous supporter of higher education and former North Carolina
senator and congressman. President of The Belk Group (department stores), Belk
served two terms on the UNC Board of Governors. His contribution paid for the
theatre’s lighting system and was given in honor of his wife, Carol Grotnes
Owen Hall (1979):
Charles D. Owen, local textiles mogul and founder of Owen Manufacturing Company,
contributed 835 shares of company stock to UNC Asheville’s Management &
Accountancy Department. Owen Hall, home to the department, was built and named
for Owen in 1979.
Highsmith University Center (1982):
Named after the University’s First Chancellor,
the William E. Highsmith University Center was the University’s second student
union. It was removed in the fall of 2001 to make way for the new Highsmith
Founders Hall (1982):
Constructed at the same time as the Highsmith
University Center, Founder’s Hall was the second residence hall built at UNC
Asheville. It was known for several years as Highrise until 1997 when it was
renamed in honor of the men and women who help found UNC Asheville and its
Mills Residence Hall (1987):
Ernest and Albina Mills established a number of important endowments at the
University, including the Mills Foundation, which provides a variety of
scholarships for students. Ernest was the founder of the Asheville-based Mills
Manufacturing, the leading military parachute manufacturer in the world. Mills
Residence Hall, the University’s third residence hall, was constructed in 1987
and named in their honor in 1989. During the interim period it was known as
Robinson Hall (1988):
Built in 1988, Robinson Hall was named for Asheville optometrist and
environmentalist Samuel Robinson.
Karpen Hall (1990):
Constructed in 1990, Karpen Hall was named in honor of Morris and Leah Karpen,
prominent community leaders and major contributors to the University. Morris was
the founder of Karpen Steel, a high-quality door and frame manufacturer. Leah
was the first graduate of UNC Asheville’s Master of the Liberal Arts program.
The building was dedicated in 1991 and was known as New Classroom Building until
Southridge (1994) & Westridge (1998):
The University’s fourth and fifth residence
halls, Southridge and Westridge were constructed in 1994 and 1998, respectively.
Dining Hall (1996): Opened in the
spring of 1996, the University Dining Hall was the University third dining hall
replacing the one housed in the Highsmith University Center. The first dining
hall was in the basement of Lipinsky Hall.
Health & Fitness Center (1996):
The Health & Fitness Center is the University’s
first facility dedicated to student recreation. It was completed in 1996.
Built in 2003, the Reuter Center houses the North Carolina Center for Creative
Retirement. The center is named in honor of Irving J. Reuter, a former General
Motors executive, and his wife Janet, both founders of the Janirve Foundation,
which provided the largest contribution to the construction of the center.
Governor’s Hall (2003):
Opened in the fall of 2003, Governor’s Hall is
the University’s sixth residence hall and represents the first phase of the
replacement of Governor’s Village.
Highsmith University Union (2004):
Constructed in 2004, the union honors longtime University president and first
chancellor William E. Highsmith. Highsmith was named president of
Asheville-Biltmore College in 1962, a UNC Asheville predecessor institution, and
then served as chancellor of UNC Asheville from 1969-1984.
New Hall (2006): Constructed as part of the North Carolina Higher Education
Bond Referendum. The building features many "green" components such as
geothermal heating and cooling and a vegetative roof.
Sam Millar Campus Operations Center (2007): The center
is named for Sam
Millar, long-time director of facilities at UNC Asheville.
Zeis Hall (2009):
Named for Steve and Frosene Zeis in honor of
the largest gift ever given to the University. A non-degreed alumnus of
Asheville-Biltmore college, Steve Zeis started his own firm, ZTM Sales and
Service Inc, in 1983 representing some of Europe’s most prominent textile
machinery manufacturers in the United States and Canada. Frosene, an Asheville
native and honors graduate with a degree in business from the former St.
Genevieve of the Pines School in Asheville, managed the business side of ZTM.
The building houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and
Multimedia Arts and Sciences.
North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness
Promotion (2011): The new building
will house the Health and Wellness
major, University research and outreach centers for childhood obesity, workplace
wellness, and senior wellness, as well as the Joe Kimmel Arena.
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