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VSU renovates historic Ashley Hall

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

One of the oldest buildings on Valdosta State University's campus is getting new life.

Ashley Hall is back open after a major renovation project on the building constructed in 1921.

At today's ceremony, Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Senator Tim Golden, both former VSU students, spoke about their memories in Ashley Hall.

It was once a dormitory, then served as offices. Now, it's home to the Philosophy, History, and Religious Studies programs.

"To be able to restore this building back to its original look is so important for us both historically as we remember our roots this was one of the original three buildings on this campus, but its also important as we look to our future because you never want to lose touch with your history," said Dr. Bill McKinney, VSU President.

The $5.5 million restoration project was paid for out of VSU's general fund.

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