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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 1947, the industrial building housed the Forest Products Lab, which later morphed into the Forest Research Lab. At one point it was used for engineering research – especially large scale problems in industrial engineering. In 1992, a fire destroyed the south part of the building. It was replaced in 1996 and the building’s name changed to Cascade Hall. This building now houses the Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police. Renovations made in in 2015 accommodate INTO OSU classrooms.MC 27.17


General Information

Address 601 SW 17th St
Architect Jones and Marsh Architects
Year Built 1947
Renovations 1996, 2015
Square Footage 38,765
Purpose/Usage Previously: Forest Products Lab, Engineering Research; Currently: Department of Public Safety & Oregon State Police

Previous Name(s) Industrial Building (1947-1966)
Namesake N/A

Historic District No
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

Oregon Digital: Contains many historical photographs, including some from the 1992 fire that destroyed half the building, including most of Printing and Mailing Services' facilities and equipment.

SCARC: While "Cascade Hall" is a relatively recent name, "Industrial Building" returns more findings on the Special Collections and Archival Research Center's page, including Memorabilia Collection box 27.17.