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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of Gilmore Hall.


This building was constructed in 1912 and originally known as the Farm Mechanics Building. On September 9 1938, it was heavily damaged by a fire caused by an experimental hop drier; it was reconstructed and expanded in 1939, and renamed the Agricultural Engineering Building. Portland architect John Bennes designed both the original building, and the 1939 expansion. In 1965, the Agricultural Engineering Building was renamed Gilmore Hall, in honor of William J. Gilmore, the head of the Farm Mechanics / Agricultural Engineering Department from 1915 to 1945.

General Information


124 SW 26th St


Bennes & Hendricks

Year Built




Square Footage




Previous Name(s)

Farm Mechanics Building (1912-1939), Agricultural Engineering Buildings (1939-1965)


William J. Gilmore was the head of the farm mechanics department from 1915 to 1945

Historic District

Yes; Historic Contributing Building


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

SCARC: The Special Collections and Archives Research Center contains a few photograph collections, personal papers and manuscripts, as well as the Bioresource Engineering Department records, all pertaining to Gilmore Hall. Of note is Memorabilia Box 27.4, which contains the Farm Mechanics building proposal along with floor plans.

Oregon Digital: Contains many historic photographs of Gilmore Hall, both inside and out, as well as periodicals pertaining to the building itself.