AKA: Oregon State University (OSU), McNary, Charles, Hall, Corvallis, OR

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - student housing; built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Bear, McNeil, Schneider, Bloodworth and Hawes, Architects (firm); Wyman Kendrick Bear (architect); Robert L. Bloodworth (architect); Richard Zwald Hawes (architect); Harold Charles McNeil (architect); John Thomas Schneider (architect)

Dates: constructed 1963-1964

6 stories

1220 SW Jefferson Way
Oregon State University Campus, Corvallis, OR 97331

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This Modern, high-rise dormitory has housed about 373 students since its construction in 1963-1964. Another, nearly identical dorm, called "Dormitory #8," was built nearby at about the same time. A new library was also constructed during this same period.

Building History

This 373-bed dormitory, originally designed for male students, was officially dedicated on Sunday, 03/01/1964. As noted in the Corvallis Gazette-Times: “Formal dedication of McNary Hall, men’s dormitory, will take place in the McNary lounge Sunday at 2 p.m. James Jensen, president of Oregon State University, will dedicate the building. The official dedication plaque will be presented by Jensen to Kenneth Owen, president of the hall, on behalf of the men of McNary Hall. This is the first time on the OSU campus that a residence hall has been officially dedicated.”(See “Dedication Set at McNary Hall,” Corvallis Gazette-Times, 02/27/1964, p. 6.)

As noted on a website published by the Oregon State Libraries: "It is named for Charles L. McNary, a long-serving Oregon state senator. He worked on agricultural and forestry issues, and helped pass legislation that led to the construction of Bonneville Dam. Not to be confused with McNary Hall, which was also the name of a wing of Central Hall dormitory in the 1940's." (See Oregon State University Libraries. edu, OSU Buildings Histories in the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Building History for McNary Hall, accessed 01/23/2023.)

PCAD id: 24570