Weidensall Hall Building 1946 Fire At Gettysburg College

Today I got a vintage photo album full of pictures from the 1940s- 1950s. I won it at a local auction. I paid $45 for this lot of pictures. There are quite a few pictures and most of them are from Gettysburg College. Looking through them I saw a photo that that a had a fire truck putting out a fire and the writing said 1946 SCA.  After researching I found that this was the home of the Student Christian Association. There was not a lot of information online about this so I thought I would blog about what I did find and show off these original photos of before and after. 

History: Weidensall Hall is a building on the Gettysburg College campus located at 300 North Washington Street in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. 

This building, a colonial brick structure, was erected by the Woman's League of Gettysburg College in 1923 and named in honor of Robert Weidensall, LL.D., Class of 1860, the founder of the Y.M.C.A. 

While use of the building was intended for the Christian student body, it served as a student center for all students and even housed a swimming pool on the basement level. The building underwent several renovations over the years and was officially converted into Weidensall Hall in 1937.

November 1946 an electrical fire consumed the building and left little behind, leading to the full reconstruction of the building in 1948. 

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Gettysburg College 1946 fire

Gettysburg College 1946 fire 

Gettysburg College 1946 fire

Gettysburg College 1946 fire

Gettysburg College 1946 fire

SCA being rebuilt.

Gettysburg College 1946 fire

Photo says SCA Alumni weekend June 1953

Gettysburg College 1958

 

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