AKA: Washington State University (WSU), Troy Hall, Pullman, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Perkins and Will, Architects (firm); Zittel, Julius, Architect (firm); Lawrence B. Perkins (architect); Stanley A. Smith (architect); Phillip Will Jr. (architect); Julius Albert Johann Zittel (architect)

Dates: constructed 1926

3 stories, total floor area: 50,202 sq. ft.

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Washington State University Campus, Pullman, WA 99163

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Troy Hall was bounded on the south by NE College Avenue and on the east by NE Troy Lane.


Troy Hall was completed as the Washington State College's dairy science building, housing the first home of the campus's creamery, Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe, and accommodating assorted classes in the Department of Chemistry. The building closed in 2010, and was completely rebuilt during 2016 and 2017.

Building History

State College of Washington officials named Troy Hall in honor of David Smith Troy (1871-1916), a dairyman from the Port Townsend, WA, area, who served as a Regent of the school between 1910 and 1916, and who later served in the WA State Legislature. In 1911, Troy managed the Glendale Creamery Company, Incorporated, in Chimacum, WA. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Jefferson County Directory, 1911-1912, p. 86.) At the time, the Glendale Creamery was one of the largest employers in the tiny town of Chimacum, south of Port Townsend.

Spokane architect Julius A.N. Zittel (1869-1939) designed Troy Hall in collaboration with architect Stanley Smith.

Building Notes

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, awarded the rebuilding of Troy Hall an Award of Merit in its Honor Awards program in late 2017.


The building underwent some remodeling in the 1970s.

In 2016, WSU began a $32.3-million rebuilding effort on Troy Hall that had stood vacant since 2010. It would become an interdisciplinary science facility, housing both the Department of Chemistry and the School of the Environment. According to the WSU web site: "The design retained all of the exterior brick walls, but the interior was gutted and rebuilt using new materials that required fewer bulky support columns, which opened up significantly greater amounts of floor space on each of the building’s four levels. Also, a 6,000-square-foot addition was built onto the north side of the building for additional office and study space." (See Washington State University Insider.edu, "Renovated Troy Hall wins prestigious architectural award," published 10/27/2017, accessed 08/05/2019.)

Perkins and Will Architects, a leading firm in the realm of college science buildings, arranged the lower floors to accommodate laboratories for the Department of Chemistry and The School of the Environment. Upper floor wet labs were to serve only the former department. Perkins-Will designed the building structurally so that floors could be added above, if required. Offices would occupy the the top floor of Troy Hall's north side. The architects allocated room on the building's south side also for future expansion.

Jeffrey Lannigan served as WSU Facilities Services' project manager for the rebuilding effort, and Jason Harper, itsconstruction manager. The building was set to open by the 02/2017, but was delayed to the summer of 2017, due to various problems, including the unexpected abatement of hazardous materials.

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