AKA: University of Washington, Seattle (UW), More, Charles C., Hall, Seattle, WA; University of Washington, Seattle (UW), More Hall, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings; built works - research structures - laboratories

Designers: Bebb and Jones, Architects (firm); Jones and Bindon, Architects (firm); Charles Herbert Bebb ; Leonard William Somerville Bindon (architect); John Paul Jones (architect); Dudley Pratt (sculptor)

Dates: constructed 1945-1946

University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

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Building History

Originally known as the "Civil Engineering Building," this University of Washington (UW) named this building for Professor Charles Church More (d. 1949), who worked in the Structural (later renamed Civil and Environmental) Engineering Department between 1900-1949. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College in 1898, a Master's in Civil Engineering from Cornell University during 1898-1899, and an M.S. in Civil Enginering from Lafayette College in 1901. He worked for five and one-half years in bridge and construction work with the Pencoyd Iron Works and American Bridge Company, of Pencoyd, PA, D.H. Burnham and Company, Architects, Chicago, IL, T.L. Condron, Civil Engineer, Chicago, IL, the US Engineering Department at Fort Worden, WA, and the Chicago, Milwaukee and Saint Paul Railway Company of Washington, Seattle, WA. He began as an Acting Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington in 1900-1901, an Assistant Professor at UW from 1904-1906 and an Associate Professor beginning in 1907.

The University named it for More on his retirement.

Construction began on the Civil Engineering Building in 1945, and was the first major academic building not designed in the predominant campus Gothic / English Renaissance Styles. (One could argue that Bagley Hallm completed in 1937, was the first departure away from this English revivalism, but its still retained a number of traces of the old style, particularly around the main entry.)

Building Notes

The door is framed by cast-aluminum artwork by the sculptor, Dudley Pratt (1897-1975); this building housing the Civil Engineering Department, originally contained offices, classrooms, a photogrammetry (the study of an object's geometric properties as derived from a photograph) room, a concrete lab, an aggregate lab with cold, hot and moist rooms, a photoelastic lab, a $20,000 electron microscope and 3 structural testing machines, one of which was capable of loading 2,400,000 pounds. Charles Bebb and John Paul Jones working with Leonard Bindon, designed More Hall. Jones would become, after World War II, the Supervising Architect for the University of Washington.


The Structural Testing Lab was erected in 1947.

PCAD id: 8757