New East Building
New East, home of the Department of City and Regional Planning,
is located at 205 East Cameron Avenue in the historic core of the Carolina Campus. The Italianate building was designed by William Percival and completed in 1861. The new addition contained a men's dormitory plus a debating hall and library for the Philanthropic Society. New East, along with its counterpart New West, is a unique building to the Carolina Campus. Their distinctive architectural styles are a departure from their counterparts in the historic core on Campus. Furthermore, the buildings placement in the Campus plan reinforced a new axis, which was introduced by A.J. Davis with the placement of Smith Hall-Playmakers.
New East is a four-story building; it has a tripartite massing composed of a center bay with two flanking wings. The center mass is approximately a half story taller and has a painted terne metal hipped roof which is capped off by a ventilator/cupola with windows used as a clearstory in the attic. The flanking wings have parapets and low-sloped metal hip roofs. The entire exterior is brick with a stucco finish and is painted a salmon color. Six stylized Doric pilasters that support an abstracted entablature also accentuate the center block. A cornice with deep eaves and scrolled brackets defines the roof. A dado base line molding visually supports the pilasters and defines the piano nobile, which in this building is second floor. Framed square moldings constructed out of brick and covered with a stucco finish define the windows on the north and south elevations of the building. The main entry of the building has a stone Doric order entry with a pediment.
Throughout its history, New East was at various times home to a student hospital, the Medical School, and the departments of Biology, Geology and Geography. In 1964, the Department of City and Regional Planning took up residence at New East and has remained until the present except for brief relocations due to renovations.
New East gets a facelift
In the fall of 2005, the New East building received an extensive exterior masonry and stucco restoration. The repairs are designed to return the building to its earlier historical appearance. Unfortunately (to some eyes) that meant that a prominent feature of the building was changed: its color. The salmon that we all know (and some of you love) changed to beige. Though the new color is not as identifiable to some, Paul Kapp, DCRP lecturer and former UNC campus building historian, says “the change is a necessary part of the overall plan to create a unity of color and composition of the materials on Cameron Street.
Hue goes there?
Carolina peels back layers of paint in search of its true colors
Carolina Alumni Review
David E. Brown ‘75
…Now a historically correct rainbow is emerging, and it’s not guesswork based on faded black-and-whites from the early years of photography. An architectural conservator using a micro-scalpel and a stereo microscope has analyzed the buildings down to their bones, producing coat-over-coat histories that look like a scoop of that vanilla-chocolate-strawberry ice cream with three more colors thrown in. Colors are revealed along with history… (complete article)