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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History


Callahan Hall was built in 1965 and houses approximately 350 residents on five floors. Just outside is a fully functional organic garden named the Food Forest. This building is named for Ida Burnett Callahan who taught English for 40 years, lived in women’s residence halls, and was one of three women responsible for starting the Corvallis Public Library.

General Information


1420 SW Jefferson Way

Architect Bear, McNeil, Schneider, Bloodworth, and Hawes
Year Built 1965
Renovations N/A
Square Footage 72,698
Purpose/Usage Residence Hall

Previous Name(s) N/A
Namesake Ida Burnett Callahan: English Teacher

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

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

University Housing and Dining Services Records: Contains several pictures of Callahan Hall, as well as other records pertaining to UHDS. 

Oregon Digital: Contains historic photographs and periodicals which reference Callahan Hall as well as Ida Burnett Callahan.