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Building History

Originally built in 1921 as Margaret Snell Hall, a women's dorm, it became Extension Hall around 1958, and later Ballard Extension Hall. Frank L. Ballard (’16) graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Oregon Agricultural College (now OSU). He served as the vice director of the Extension Service until he was appointed the president of Oregon State College (now OSU). After a short term as president, Ballard returned to the Extension Service, eventually becoming the Extension Service head from 1945 to 1961.

General Information

Address 2591 SW Campus Way
Architect Bennes
Year Built 1921
Renovations 1975, 1985
Square Footage 45,250
Purpose/Usage Currently: Extension Service Administration; Applied Economics- Previously: Women's Dormitory

Previous Name(s) Margaret Snell Hall (1921-1958); Extension Hall (1958) 
Namesake Frank Llewellyn Ballard, President of Oregon State College (1940), Head of Extention Service (1945-1961)

Historic District Yes; Historic Contributing Building
Blueprints Unknown
Maps

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  

Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

Memorabilia Collection: Box 25.5 contains an invitation and program to the dedication ceremony of Ballard Extension Hall.

Oregon Digital: Contains many historic photographs of Ballard Extension Hall (Margaret Snell Hall, Extension Hall) as well as periodicals and catalogs pertaining to the building.

Map