A West Virginia Wesleyan College campus landmark will soon be nothing more than a memory. The long-standing Camden Complex that has housed countless students over the years is presently being demolished.
Originally envisioned to meet the demand for suite-style housing and a growing student body in the early 1980’s, the Camden Complex became a popular choice among students for 37 years with its bigger rooms and quiet study atmosphere.
However, WVWC representatives reported that the complex became increasingly expensive to maintain with a significant portion of the general maintenance budget devoted to its upkeep. Thus, a decision was made to demolish the complex and create a green space for the College, directly facing Wesley Chapel.
In anticipation of the eventual demolition of the Camden complex and ongoing renewal of campus facilities, the College converted several rental houses near the campus into independent living options for students in recent years.
Although current students and alumni will miss the buildings on Camden Avenue when they return to campus, a broad range of living options will still be available that will serve current students.
WVWC Chief Financial Officer Scott McKinney stated, “We hope friends of the College will take time to visit the green space that will be developed in the Camden area for the purpose of cherishing memories of the past, while eagerly supporting the Wesleyan experience that continues to positively impact so many lives.”