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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

 

When it was dedicated on June 1, 1929, the Memorial Union was the first student union in the state and its funding came from alumni and student contributions. Construction on the grand building was completed in 1928 and the MU quickly became the center of campus life. Designed by Portland-based architect and 1907 OAC graduate Lee Thomas, the MU stands as both a student center and memorial to honor the service people who died in WWI and the Spanish-American War. The building remained virtually unchanged until fall term of 1960 when the two wings were added at each end of the building for the bookstore and dining commons.

General Information

Address

 

Architect

 

Year Built

 

Renovations

 

Square Footage

 

Purpose/Usage

Previous Name(s)

 

Namesake

Historic District

 

Blueprints

 

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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