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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Photo by Lydia Parker, April 2019

Arnold Dining Center was constructed in 1972 and remodeled in 2010. Benjamin L. Arnold served as the second president of Oregon Agricultural College from 1872 to 1892. Arnold constructed a curriculum structure, dividing studies into two departments, literary and scientific. Each department contained corresponding schools. He also guided the college through challenging financial times in the 1870s and 1880s, instituted the military training program (as mandated by the Morrill Act) in 1872 and wrote the first agricultural research report in 1873.

General Information

Address 681 SW 26th St
Architect Bear, McNeil, Bloodworth, and Hawes Architects 
Year Built 1972
Renovations 2010
Square Footage  Unknown (?)
Purpose/Usage Dining Hall

Previous Name(s) N/A
Namesake Benjamin L. Arnold, President of Oregon Agricultural College (1872-1892); Namesake controversy resolved; see

Historic District No

Facilities Services Records, 1888-2010; Facilities Services Records (RG 193) I. Architectural Drawings and Plans Student Housing



Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003. Series XX:  Campus, Farm, and Property Maps, 1899-1990. Campus and Farm Maps: 3-A

Oregon State University Campus Maps, 1894-1994

Photographs N/A

Further Archival Information

Oregon Digital: Contains a few historic photographs as well as articles written about the dining center.