- May 1, 2009
Doesn't sound much different from when I was there in 78' except the library was 4 stories, I think. Everything else sounds the same. From what I understand, the people Oregon Hill put up a major fuss about moving the campus down in that direction....thus the move over to Broad. And while moving over to Broad might have been more costly, I actually think it turned out for the best. It actually put the academic campus front and center on Richmond's main road (rather than hidden off to the side, two streets over)How far has it come; I stepped on campus for the very first time in ‘71. Cabell Library was 1 story high, Franklin Street Gym was going strong. My dorm was Chaulkley House, now long torn down, which was on the corner of Schafer Court next to the Hibbs Building and across the street from Cabell Library. The VCU master plan in existence at the time called for the campus to grow south towards Hollywood Cemetery/Oregon Hill neighborhood and not towards Broad Street with a projected maximum enrollment of 40,000. Campus bookstore was in the basement of the Hibbs Building. A tremendous amount has changed. But all said, I had the best time of my life while at VCU and it gave me a good education and was my stepping stone to law school. Attended quite a few BB games in the Franklin Street Gym and became friends with most of the the then basketball team players, many who also lived in Chaulkley House. In a sidenote, it was my understanding/belief that Chaulkley House was once used as a mortuary. Yikes. Unfortunately, I met my first wife there. That’s a long story but fortunately I did better the second time around and have been married to my now beautiful wife for 33 years.