Volunteers rescue furnishings from UK's Haggin Hall

jwarren@herald-leader.comMay 10, 2013 

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill are rushing to rescue furniture and other items from the University of Kentucky's Haggin Hall before the 53-year-old men's dormitory is demolished next week.

UK is giving each agency two floors of furnishings from Haggin, which is being torn down to make way for a new dormitory.

On Friday, staffers from the Fayette County Attorney's office volunteered to haul bunk beds, desks, chairs and other items out of the old building, loading them onto trucks bound for Habitat's ReStore, 451 Southland Drive. The store will sell the items to the general public in a few days.

Volunteers from Christ The King School had disassembled the furniture on Thursday so everything would be ready for the big move, said Katie Clay, resources development coordinator for the Habitat ReStore.

Clay said the items should be attractive to anyone who is furnishing rooms on a budget. The beds can be used as single beds or stacked in bunk-bed fashion, she said.

Although the furniture isn't new, it's still strong and serviceable.

"These things are really stout," said attorney Mike Dearing, who was sweating as he carried heavy bunk beds out of the building Friday. "They'll last forever."

Haggin Hall, which opened in 1960, was occupied by students until the end of this semester. And reminders of the past were visible Friday as volunteers cleaned out the building.

A sign taped to the wall in one hallway, said: "Shhhhh! 24-Hour Quiet Hours Now In Effect Through The End of Finals Week."

But there won't be any more finals quiet hours for Haggin Hall. Demolition of the building is scheduled to start Wednesday, UK spokeswoman Gail Hairston said.

While UK is giving away furniture from the dorm for resale by Goodwill and Habitat, other parts of the building aren't going to waste, either.

University groundskeeping crews are digging up the tulip bulbs that once decorated the exterior of the building. The bulbs will be stored, and replanted later, Hairston said.

UK's Donovan Hall also is scheduled to come down soon, she said.

Haggin Hall had about 235 rooms and could accommodate about 570 male students when it opened, although later alterations slightly reduced its capacity, UK officials said.

The Habitat ReStore sells donated new and gently used furniture, accessories and appliances. Proceeds help support Habitat's mission to provide affordable housing.

Clay said Habitat ReStore workers will spend the next few days preparing an inventory of items gleaned from Haggin Hall. Some items could be ready for sale at the ReStore by Monday, she said.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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