Victory Village

After World War II the university experienced a rapid increase in enrollment, especially among married students attending college on the GI Bill. Faced with a housing shortage, the university obtained former army barracks that were no longer needed by the military. These metal, prefabricated houses, installed in 1946, were intended as a temporary solution but would remain on campus for more than twenty years. The new housing community was named Victory Village. Future UNC System president William C. Friday and future chancellor William B. Aycock were among the many students who lived at one point in Victory Village. While they served a necessary purpose, they were unpopular. The Daily Tar Heel referred to the buildings as "architect's nightmares" and reported that they had been called, at various times, "egg-crate construction, fire traps, and bandboxes." After the last ones were finally demolished in the early 1970s, the name Victory Village continued to be used by a university-sponsored daycare center.