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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History


Constructed in 1927 as the OSU Poultry Science Building, it provided expanded classroom space for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to this structure, the college had worked out of a 1910s small frame building used for instructional and Experiment Station work. The animal husbandry department was established in 1907. James Dryden, a prominent poultry breeder and recently elected member of the Poultry Hall of Fame, was an early head of the Department of Poultry Science.

General Information


450 SW 30th St


Bennes & Herzog

Year Built




Square Footage



Previously: Animal Husbandry, Poultry Science

Previous Name(s)

Poultry Science Building (1927-?) Built as OSU Poultry Science building, somewhere the name changed to Poultry-Veterinary Building before being called Dryden


James Dryden, member of the Poultry Hall of Fame, head of the Department of Poultry Science

Historic District

Yes; Historic Contributing Building




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

SCARC: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center contains photographs, oral histories, personal papers and manuscripts, as well as the Poultry Science program records, all pertaining to the Poultry Science program, housed in Dryden Hall.

Oregon Digital: Contains a few historic photographs of Dryden Hall, as well as periodicals pertaining to the building itself.