McAlexander Fieldhouse & Heating Plant


Known for its barrel shape and vast interior, McAlexander Fieldhouse opened in 1910 as “the Armory.” It was the hub for the college’s military activities, and aside from cosmetic changes to the exterior, its structure and purpose haven’t changed since construction. Today it hosts both the Army and Air Force ROTC offices, as well as Recreational Sports activities. The back portion, the original college heating plant, is now the rifle range.

  1. The College of Business (originally known as the School of Commerce) has been headquartered in Bexell Hall since 1922, when the building was completed. In the 1923/24 academic year, more than one quarter of all Oregon Agricultural College students (917 out of 3199) were enrolled in the School of Commerce. The next largest enrollment was 486 students in the School of Home Economics.

  2. Women in costumes in the School of Commerce classroom in Bexell Hall.

  3. Bexell hall as seen from the outside circa 1933

  4. Bulletin board for Business & Technology in Commerce Building.

  5. Computer labs became an integral part of OSU's educational infrastructure in the late 1980s.

Address: 1800 sw Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon

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