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Pulpit Hill
Pulpit Hill is the name of a fictionalized version of Chapel Hill that appeared in Thomas Wolfe's 1929 novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe's heavily autobiographical first novel has his protagonist, Eugene Gant, attending the state university there. He describes the campus as a "charming&...
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New East
With enrollment increasing in the 1850s, the university built two new dorms to house the additional students. They were placed on either side of the east and west buildings and were called New East and New West. As New East was on a downhill slope, architect William Percival designed it with an addi...
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New West
New West was built in the late 1850s as a dorm to house the expanding population of students. It was designed by architect William Percival to match New East, except that it is one story shorter. In what was an innovation at the time, the building did not include fireplaces in each room. Instead, th...
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Libraries
The university began building a library before the first brick was laid for the campus. The first book, a copy of sermons distributed by the U.S. Congress to each of the states, was given to the newly established university in 1792 and placed in a school in New Bern until suitable facilities could b...
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