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#3 McBryde Hall & Mechanical Arts

The precursor to the incredible engineering school now in place at Virginia Tech all started with mechanical arts. Old McBryde Hall was the location of much of the modern facilities used to start the engineering program. At the time Virginia Tech was called the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC). (The 1st McBryde Hall was completed in 1917. The college’s name at the time was Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, known popularly as Virginia Polytechnic Institute, or VPI.  By then, engineering (mechanical arts) had been taught at the college for 45 years. In function, McBryde replaced the Preston and Olin Building, which had burned.


McBryde Hall


McBryde Hall

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