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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Photo by Lydia Parker, May 2019

Built in 1964, the building served as home to OSU's rapidly growing oceanography department. It was later named Burt Hall after Wayne Burt, who was instrumental in establishing the oceanography program in 1959. As a result of Burt’s efforts, the university’s Marine Science Center in Newport opened as a research, education, and outreach facility in 1965.

General Information


2651 SW Orchard Ave


Jeppsen and Miller Architects

Year Built



1965, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993

Square Footage



Oceanography Department

Previous Name(s)

Oceanography Building


Wayne Burt- established Oceanography Department (1959)

Historic District



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

SCARC: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center contains three photography collections, a memorabilia collection, and the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Record group, all pertaining to Burt Hall.

Oregon Digital: Contains several photographs from the construction and completion of Burt Hall in 1963-4, as well as several newspaper entries about the building and Oceanography program.