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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History


Established under the leadership of Jeanne Dost in 1972, the Women's Studies program and Women's Studies Center met in a variety of buildings across campus before learning of the University's plans to demolish the former Paleontology, Chemistry, and Station building. Dost and a group of volunteers renovated the building themselves, and ultimately convinced University administration to turn the building over to the Women's Studies Center. By the early 1980s, the Center was referred to interchangeably as the Women's Studies Center or the Women's Center. In Summer 2018, it was announced that the Women's Studies Center would be renamed the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center to honor Redmond's work as leader in the women’s suffrage movement in Oregon in the early 20th century.

General Information


1700 SW Pioneer Place



Year Built




Square Footage



Previous Name(s)

Paleontology, Chemistry, & Station Building, Assay Building, Chemistry Building, Mining Building, Women's Center


Historic District





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