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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of Bates Hall.

The OSU Child Development Center, also known as Bates Hall, is dedicated to discovering and communicating knowledge that contributes to the optimal development and well-being of young children and their families. This facility offers Head Start and preschool programs, plus programs for parents. The center opened in 1992, the nation’s first center dedicated to studying families throughout the lifespan. Built entirely from private funds, the center’s construction was made possible by what was then the largest gift in OSU’s history from Home Economics graduate Mercedes Bates ’36. Through her leadership as General Mills’ first female corporate officer, Bates grew the Betty Crocker brand into a household icon, and she became the living persona of the brand. Located where the 1938 Nursery School once stood.

General Information


110 SW 26th St


GBD Architects; Devco Engineering

Year Built




Square Footage



Child Development Center

Previous Name(s)



Mercedes Bates, Oregon State class of 1936; General Mills' first female corporate officer

Historic District

Yes; Nonhistoric Building


Facilities Services Records (RG 193) I. Architectural Drawings and Plans Individual Structures


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


Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

Oregon Digital: Includes a few photos and articles, primarily periodicals with stories involving Bates Hall.

SCARC: The Special Collections Archives Research Center has compiled three different photograph collections pertaining to Bates Hall, as well as some personal manuscripts and film. The OSU Memorabilia Collection (Box 29.8) includes newspaper clippings, ground breaking and dedication programs, invitations, and photographs.