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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Built in 1892 as a dormitory for men, Fairbanks Hall was originally known as Cauthorn Hall, named for state Senator and OAC Regent Thomas Cauthorn. Designed by W.D. Pugh, the dorm could accommodate more than 100 students, with "amenities" including water, steam heat, electric lights, dining room, and a kitchen. In the early 1930s, it was renamed Kidder Hall for Ida Kidder, the university’s first professional librarian, and was converted into a classroom building.

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Further Archival Information

Memorabilia Collection Box 26.5 is labeled "Cauthorn Hall" but it contains 1896-1907 promotional brochures, and a 1896 Christmas Dinner program, all of which refer to the building that is now Fairbanks Hall.

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