Old Main is the most recognizable symbol of UNCP. Constructed in 1923, gutted by fire in 1973 and restored in 1979, Old Main is the oldest brick building on campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Main originally housed administrative offices, classrooms and an auditorium.
Today, the first floor houses the Native American Resource Center, the Multicultural Center, WNCP Radio and the television station WNCP-TV. On the second floor is the Southeast American Indian Studies Program, the departments of American Indian Studies, Geology and Geography and Mass Communication, and The Pine Needle (student newspaper).
As one first enters Old Main, a sign on the wall tells the story of the origins of the name "Old Main." It reads:
"The term "Old Main" was first applied to the oldest brick building on this campus when the new administration team - President Dr. R.D. Wellons, Registrar James A. Jacobs, the secretarial staff and I moved to the new offices in Sampson Hall in 1949. I then suggested that we call the building from which we had moved "Old Main." The term stuck! The term was not original with me. I got the name from an old administration building on the McKendree College campus where I received my college degree. In May of 1978, I went to the 150th anniversary of McKendree College and the 50th anniversary of my class of 1928. In visiting the college campus I paused a few moments at the threshold of the old administration building. There carved in stone was the name "Old Main" built in 1850. In 1928, I brought the memory back and in 1949 at my suggestion, it was applied to our first brick building on campus...."
- Excerpt from a speech given at the dedication ceremony
on February 16, 1980 by
Clifton Oxendine, Professor Emeritus