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OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

Building History

A color image of Wilkinson Hall.

Wilkinson Hall and Auditorium were built and dedicated in April 1974, at a total cost of over $2 million. The complex was named for William Donald Wilkinson, longtime geology faculty member at OSU and chair of the department from 1960 to 1968. Dr. Wilkinson focused his research specifically on the geology of central Oregon, and his students praised his in-class enthusiasm and knowledgeability. 

In September 1992, the auditorium was renamed for Francois A. Gilfillan, an alumnus (class of 1918), professor of chemistry (1927 to 1939) and dean of science (1939 to 1962). Gilfillan also filled in as acting president of Oregon State College from 1941 to 1942. A plaque remains in the auditorium commemorating the dedication.

General Information


2601 NW Orchard Ave


Jeppsen, Miller & Tobias

Year Built



Auditorium was renovated in 2016 to improve accessibility, replace the seating, and upgrade the plumbing, electrical, and architectural finishes. 

Square Footage

Auditorium - 2,000 sq ft


Houses the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Auditorium is used primarily as a lecture hall.

Previous Name(s)



William Donald Wilkinson - geology faculty member and department chair.

Auditorium is named for Francois A. Gilfillan - OAC alumnus, professor of chemistry, and longtime dean of science. 

Historic District



Facilities Services Records, 1888-2003, Folder 115


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 OSU Memorabilia Collection includes information about the dedication of Wilkinson Hall as well as biographical information of the building's namesake, William Donald Wilkinson. In addition, the News and Communication Services Records include information about the naming and dedication of Wilkinson Hall.

Oregon Digital: A search for Wilkinson Hall results in several photographs and periodicals. In addition, a search for Gilfillan Auditorium results in photographs and information about the renaming of the auditorium.