The Town of Chapel Hill is celebrating its 200th anniversary and is holding events as a part of an initiative to honor its history.
One of the many community events in the Chapel Hill 1819/2019 series honoring the Town's history and its relationship to UNC was the book launch of “The Campus at Chapel Hill: 225 Years of Architecture,” which the Town Arts and Culture Department and the Town's Historical Society organized. The book launch took place in the John and June Allcott Gallery in the Hanes Art Center on Friday and celebrated the release of a new edition of the historical book, originally published in 1986.
The book was originally written by UNC professor of art and modern architecture John V. Allcott and focused on the University's architectural history. Allcott founded and originally chaired the UNC Art & Art History Department. Allcott’s daughter, Elinor Allcott Griffith, who is also an UNC alumna, said the book allows readers to learn about the history of the campus and how it has changed since its founding.
“It’s a very anecdotal book about the history of the architecture of the campus," Griffith said. "You start to see these buildings in a whole different light because you get to know the students and the events around the town and in the time. It’s filled with some wonderful stories.”
The book's new edition includes a foreword by former UNC Chancellor Carol Folt and an addendum by J.J. Bauer, who is the visual resources curator for the Department of Art & Art History at UNC. Bauer also teaches courses on modern architecture.