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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

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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

Address 110 SW 26th St
Architect GBD Architects; Devco Engineering
Year Built 1990
Renovations Unknown
Square Footage 16,134
Purpose/Usage Child Development Center

Previous Name(s) N/A
Namesake Mercedes Bates, Oregon State class of 1936; General Mills' first female corporate officer

Historic District Yes; Nonhistoric Building
Blueprints 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

Memorabilia Collection Box 29.8: Includes newspaper clippings, ground breaking and dedication programs, invitations, photographs of building.

Oregon Digital: A couple photographs and campus maps, mostly 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.