The major construction work on McBryde Hall was completed in 1971, with a 560-seat auditorium added in 1973. The building replaced the old McBryde Hall, built in 1917 and razed in 1966. The old McBryde was among the first campus buildings constructed of native stone in the neo-Gothic style and native limestone. It had been planned as a brick building but native limestone was substituted when brick became unavailable.
John McLaren McBryde
McBryde Hall memorializes John McLaren McBryde, president from 1891 to 1907. Known as the "Father of VPI," McBryde laid the foundation for modern Virginia Tech. He increased bachelor's degree offerings, added graduate programs, created an infirmary, and christened the motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). He encouraged the formation and growth of student activities and was at the helm when the first football team was formed and school colors of orange and maroon were adopted.
Map Grid: M-3
Building Number: 151
Originally Built: 1972