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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of the Sheep Barn.


The Sheep Center provides hands-on experience and education for students majoring in Animal Science at OSU. Located on 600 acres of hillside pastures, the center maintains a 100-ewe breeding flock for research and education projects. In addition to research, the center is also utilized for extension work - the Animal Sciences Department and the College of Veterinary Medicine utilize the sheep center to teach various labs. 

The current Sheep Center was constructed in 1991, following a legislative appropriation of $300,000, in order to replace the older, dilapidated sheep barn that occupied the nearby space. The new construction added two more pens for flock management, a continuous roof, and a better livestock handling flow. 

General Information


7565 N.W. Oak Creek Dr.


Bennes and Herzog Architects

Year Built



New building constructed and opened in 1991, providing a more functional space for extension and research. 

Square Footage

14,413 sq. ft. 


Used by the Animal Sciences Department, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and OSU Extension Services

Previous Name(s)




Historic District



Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003


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

Archival Collections

SCARC: The Oregon State University Memorabilia Collection includes a small subject file about the Sheep Barn and the Sheep Center. In addition, the Robert W. Henderson Photographic Slides, the Animal Sciences Department Records, and the College of Agricultural Sciences Photographs all include several photos of the Sheep Barn and the Sheep Center. 

Oregon Digital: A search for "sheep barn" yields hundreds of results, many of them photographs and mentions in university periodicals. In addition, a search for "sheep center" also yields several results, most of them inclusion in university periodicals.