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53 > Image 53 of Kentucky Alumni, Sesquicentennial Edition, 2015

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Photo: Lexington Herald-Leader On May 15, 2001, just a few weeks before the completion of an extensive renovation project, the Administration Building caught fire. There was extensive damage, but examination later indicated that the walls were still sound, and restoration work began. A building dedication on Oct. 25, 2004, celebrated the return of President James K. Pattersons building, which was originally designed by Harry P. McDonald of Louisville. The restoration allowed for a roof ridge to be placed exactly at the same elevation as the original building, and the tower was reclaimed on top. Known as the Administration Building throughout most of the 1900s, it reverted to its original name, Main Building, after the restoration.