Historic building demolished at William Carey

Historic building demolished at William Carey
Tatum court demolished. Photo Credit WDAM.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The oldest structure on the campus of William Carey University is now gone. Tatum Court was demolished Monday morning after being damaged in the Jan. 21 tornado.

The building housed offices and classrooms throughout its time, after it opened in 1914.

"It's the oldest structure on our campus," Executive assistant Barbara Hamilton said. "Of course, there were other structures that came before it, but they were all destroyed by the weather or fire."

Students and professors stood and watched as construction crews demolished the building. The process took only 30 minutes.

Executive Vice President Scott Hummel reflected on the time he spent inside the building.

"This is a very sentimental and sad day for us," Hummel said.

The university does have plans to rebuild Tatum Court.

"The new Tatum Court will reflect the design of this building and will be much more modern and efficient for our students," Hamilton said.

According to Hummel, construction on the new Tatum court is expected to be completed by summer 2018.