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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

This building was constructed in 1912 and originally known as the Farm Mechanics Building and then the Agricultural Engineering Building. It was heavily damaged by fire in 1938, and expanded in 1939. Portland architect John Bennes designed the original building and the 1939 expansion. William J. Gilmore was the head of the farm mechanics department from 1915 to 1945.

General Information

Address 124 SW 26th St
Architect Bennes & Hendricks
Year Built 1912
Renovations 1939
Square Footage 16,683
Purpose/Usage Classrooms

Previous Name(s) Farm Mechanics Building (1912-1939), Agricultural Engineering Buildings (????-????)
Namesake William J. Gilmore was the head of the farm mechanics department from 1915 to 1945

Historic District Yes; Historic Contributing Building
Blueprints Unknown

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.