Friday, September 26, 2008

Don't Go There: Centenary Basement

This is the first part in the "Don't Go There" series. The series strives to unveil the most secret and secluded parts of campus to give ordinary students a glance at the unknown.

The basement of the Centenary building carries so much legend that it's almost impossible to know everything there is to about it.

The basement is accessed through an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque door located to the left side of the Office of First Year Programs (on the first floor of the Centenary Building).

Back in earlier days, when Lee University's campus was property of what is now Bob Jones University, the Centenary building served as a ladies' dormitory. More recently, before the advent of the Paul Conn Student Union, Centenary served as the student center on campus.

It is the oldest remaining building on campus. And, it was built atop the old Bob Jones swimming pool, legend says.

Naturally, it's easy to wonder what that quaint (and usually locked) door is hiding from the campus.

Essentially, the basement is more of a large crawl space than a basement. Electric wires and pipes run the length of the wooden planks that support the three stories above.

The floor of the basement is covered with dust, dirt and litter of all variety.

So essentially, it's no vacation destination. But with a little clean-up, it could serve as an extra dormitory for those enrolled without on-campus housing next semester. You never know.

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