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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of Langton Hall.


The Men’s Gymnasium, built in 1915, was designed by John Bennes. The pool and west wing were added in 1920. In addition to its use as a gym, the building was also used for commencement activities until Gill Coliseum opened in late 1949. Today, Langton is home to the exercise and sport science degree program within the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and is used for physical education and other classes. The building was renamed Langton Hall in the early 1970s for Clair V. Langton, director of the Division of Health and Physical Education from 1928 to 1964. The nearby bronze sculpture is called “The Runner “ (1920) – it was one of the first pieces of artwork on campus.

General Information


2450 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331


John Bennes

Year Built



1920: Pool and offices added; 1980s: replaced skylights and windows in the pool and gym; 1990s replaced roof; 2003: replaced roof

Square Footage



Men's gymnasium 

Previous Name(s)

Men's gymnasium 


Clair V. Langton, director of the Division of Health and Physical Education from 1928 to 1964

Historic District

Yes; contributing building 




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 holds several collections documenting Langton Hall, including numerous photographs and mentions in personal papers or scrapbooks.

Oregon Digital: Oregon Digital includes both textual and photographic resources documenting the history of Langton Hall.