When Le Tourneau Hall caught fire and burned on August 3, 1950, Dr. Forrest wrote, “I got down on my knees . . . and spread the matter before the Lord. This was our largest buildingâ€”our best building. When I thought about its destruction, it was a paralyzing thought. But I began to drink from our heavenly fountain of courage and faith, confidence and trustâ€”and it took away my fear.”
A major part of the building, which was the girls’ dorm and also college’s dining room, was gone. The four columns on the front of the building, however, remained. They were solid and had withstood the intense fire. Instead of removing them, Dr. Forrest made a conscious decision to rebuild around them. And today, they are steady reminders of God’s unshakable faithfulness to Toccoa Falls College.