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OSU Buildings Histories

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

Address 2651 SW Orchard Ave
Architect Jeppsen and Miller Architects
Year Built 1964
Renovations 1965, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993
Square Footage 75,332
Purpose/Usage Oceanography Department

Previous Name(s) Oceanography Building
Namesake Wayne Burt- established Oceanography Department (1959)

Historic District No
Blueprints Facilities Services Records (RG 193) I. Architectural Drawings and Plans Individual Structures
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

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.

 

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