Women's Auxiliary Building
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The Women's Auxiliary Building was the second building begun on King's current site. It was perceived as being funded by the Bristol Women's Auxiliary, but in reality E. W. King quietly funded the structure. The keystone says it was built in 1917, but it was actually started in 1918 and completed in 1919 owing to the impact of inflation due to World War I. In 1918, The Student Army Training Corps requested King College help house military personnel who needed training for deployment in World War I. This enabled the college to receive funding from the Army for the completion of the Women's Auxiliary building so the Training Corps could be properly fed. Both organizations thus benefited from the new facility.
The building has been slowly transformed to a Fine Arts Theater and support space. There is no record or knowledge of any major remodeling. It originally served as both the dining hall and the college chapel and continued in the former capacity until 1987.
A unique structural detail is the building's second floor, which is supported from the roof structure in order to avoid the interior on the first floor. A structural engineer reviewed this in 1995 and pointed out the design and its characteristics. There are many steel rods (1-1/2 inches wide, 12.5 feet long) holding up the structure. The walls are made of three Flemish bond layers of brick, with plaster coating on the interior. The building still contains the original "knob & tube" wiring and some of the original push-button ceramic light switches. The print shop in the basement has 1900-era printing presses, and a sample of most, if not all, printed material is available for review in the library archives.
The building is in much need of complete renovation and requires several things: the addition of Central Heating and Air conditioning for theater performances; increased accessibility to restroom facilities; an upgrade of the electrical system; and improved basement drainage.
Landscape Master Plan. Narrative and drawings. King College, Bristol, TN.
Selected items from Collection of Master Plans. 1917, 1931, 1952 and 1968. King College Archives, King College, Bristol, TN.
Thompson & Litton Architects. Master Plan [King College]. Narrative and drawings. [Wise, VA: Thompson & Litton Architects], October 1998 and 1999.