WVU Mountainlair turns 70-years-old


West Virginia University celebrated 70 years of the Mountainlair Student Union on the campus. 

For the occasion, an old Mountainlair art collection is on display. 

Students were able to pose at a photo booth and enjoy cupcakes. 

The celebration will continue Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m., with free food, games and crafts, among other activities.

“What we’re doing is just trying to celebrate all of those years, 70 years of being the hub of the campus,” said Sonja Wilson, WVU Mountainlair. 

The original Mountaineer was aquired from the U.S. Navy in 1948, and was placed adjacent to the old football stadium on the downtown campus. The building was a prefabricated wooden building that contained a bowling alley, snack bar, lounge, dance studio, large gymnasium and several small meeting rooms. 

In 1960, the WVU campus received a “facelift.” A mutli-million-dollar three story complex replaced the original building in 1968. In 1988, a multi-million dollar renovation was done that added an additional 30,000 square feet of space to the building, a new building front and a two-level glass-enclosed food court. 

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