William Carey College on the Coast breathed new life into Fairchild Hall, the military academy barracks turned administration building for the private college based in Hattiesburg. |
William Carey spent $700,000 to repair and restore the 10,738-square-foot building valued at $2 million that was the barracks for junior cadets at Gulf Coast Military Academy from 1921, when it was built, until 1976, when the college bought the property.
The restoration was lost to Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29. The storm gutted the building, which is now condemned, along with every other facility on campus except for the back four dormitories.
College spokeswoman Barbara Hamilton said the college was approached before the storm about selling the property. William Carey officials decided to sell it and will move its Coast campus off the beach. Classes will be held in temporary quarters until a new facility can be built.
- KATE MAGANDY