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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A black and white image of Cauthorn Hall.


Built in 1957, Cauthorn houses approximately 275 residents on five floors, and is part of the residence hall quad on the west side of campus. The building now known as Fairbanks Hall was the original Cauthorn hall and one wing of Weatherford Hall was also called Cauthorn Hall at one point. Thomas E. Cauthorn served on the college’s board of regents from 1888 to 1891. He also served in the Oregon Senate from 1883 to 1891. As a regent, he spoke before the Oregon legislature to secure appropriations for Oregon Agricultural College, including $25,000 in funds for construction of the first men’s dormitory.


General Information


361 SW Sackett Pl


Burns, Bear, McNeil, and Schneider Architects

Year Built




Square Footage



Residence Hall

Previous Name(s)



Thomas E. Cauthorn, Oregon State Senator 1883-1891, OAC Board of Regents 1888-1891

Historic District

Yes: Historic Contributing Structure


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

Oregon Digital: A search for "Cauthorn Hall" returns 434 results, many of which are photographs of the current Cauthorn Hall, but also include photographs of what is now Kidder Hall, and pictures of Weatherford Hall, where a wing was named Cauthorn for a while.

SCARC: All three residence halls named "Cauthorn Hall" have been well documented and photographed. Of note in the Special Collections Archive and Research Center are the eleven photograph collections pertaining to Cauthorn, as well as the many manuscripts and personal papers.