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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

Built in 1892 as a dormitory for men, Kidder Hall - not to be confused with modern-day Kidder Hall, which sits on the Library quad - was originally known as Cauthorn Hall, named for state Senator and OAC Regent Thomas Cauthorn. Designed by W.D. Pugh, the dorm could accommodate more than 100 students, with "amenities" including water, steam heat, electric lights, dining room, and a kitchen. In the early 1930s, it was renamed Kidder Hall for Ida Kidder, the university’s first professional librarian, and was converted into a classroom building. In 1964, renamed Fairbanks Hall in honor of J. Leo Fairbanks, former head of the Art Department. 

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