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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Hudson Hall was temporary student housing developed to accommodate Oregon State’s rapid post-war enrollment of veterans. It consisted of housing units that has served as worker housing at the Vancouver shipyards during WWII. The units were brought to the Oregon State campus in 1946 and 1947. Hudson Hall was comprised of five wings:

  • Dolan Hall – named for engineering faculty member and football coach Sam Dolan
  • Beard Hall – named for longtime band director Harry L. Beard
  • Stiner Hall – named for longtime football coach Lon Stiner
  • McNary Hall – named for Oregon Senator Charles L. McNary. Not to be confused with the current McNary Hall dormitory.
  • Finley Hall – named for William A. Finley, OSU’s first president (1865-1872). Not to be confused with the current Finley Hall dormitory.

After a costly fire in 1953, Hudson Hall was razed and replaced by two new structures, Reed and Heckart Lodges.

General Information

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Further Archival Information

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