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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Heckart Lodge has seen many different tenants. It opened in 1954 and served as a men’s co-op and continued to serve this role into 2000s. It has continued to be adapted to fit a variety of needs over the years, and by 2014, it started housing INTO programs. It is currently serving as the disability access services testing center, allowing for proctored exams in a low distraction environment. Prior to the construction of Heckart, prefabricated structures built during World War II known as Central and Hudson Halls that opened in 1946 had been located on this land, serving as men’s dormitories. Hudson Hall was damaged by fire in 1953 and the decision was made to clear the land for a dormitory complex. The new structure was a student-managed cooperative men’s dormitory that paid the college a fixed rental fee. It was named after a boarding house for men run by Zelia Heckart.

General Information

Address

2900 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331

Architect

James G. Gathercoal

Year Built

1954

Renovations

2017 (space was renovated to prepare for use by the Graduate School)

Square Footage

7,596 sf

Purpose/Usage

Houses the Graduate School and testing centers

Previous Name(s)

N/A

Namesake

Zelia Heckart, who managed a men's dormitory

Historic District

Yes, contributing structure

Blueprints

Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003. Series XX:  Campus, Farm, and Property Maps, 1899-1990. Campus and Farm Maps: 3-A

Maps

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

Photographs

Oregon State University Historical Photographs, 1868-1980

Further Archival Information

Information Forthcoming

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