|Southern Illinois University|
|Vocational Technical Institute|
The VTI Student Center in 1971. The|
north end of the building also housed
the Commercial Art Department.
Student enjoy a game of
pool at the Student Center.
The TV lounge was always|
a popular spot.
Many students spent their
spare time socializing with friends.
|The West dorm, fondly called
"Playboy Hall" was located
just South of the Student Center.
|The Southern Acres Dining Hall.|
Home of the "Mystery Meat."
|Inside shot of the Dining Hall
looking to the South.
|The only permanent building
on the VTI grounds was the
new boy's dorm.
|January 21, 1971|
|Fire destroys wing of VTI building|
|Looking North at the West side of the|
wing. Southern Acres fire equipment
is no match for the blaze.
|This view of the East side of the
shows how far the fire has spread in
just a few short minutes.
|Fire crews battle the blaze
the East side while students and
faculty watch in shock.
|Smoke in the courtyard on
East side of the wing was
heavy due to the wind.
|A snorkel from West Frankfort arrives,|
but due to the small access roads behind
the building, must park on the North side
and shoot water over the building to the fire.
|Finally the fire crews get
the fire under control.
|Furniture, office equipment, and even|
IBM computer card sorters were hauled
out of the building and left in the road.
|The snorkel prepares to leave as the
fire is contained. Note the furniture
and other items piled outside the
front of the building.
|About this Site|
|Last Update: October 3, 2001|