Benton Hall


The first cornerstone was laid for the new Administration Building on Corvallis’ “College Hill” in 1887 - and our university was born. Known as Benton Hall since 1947, the first building on campus was completed in 1888, with the college moved in by the end of 1889. Benton Hall has served the university in many capacities. It originally housed all college’s classrooms, administrative offices, and lab space. Though you would have found the library there until 1918 and the President’s Office until 1923, today the melodies drifting from open windows are evidence of the resident department since 1916 – the Music Department!

  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: 1650 SW Pioneer Place, Corvallis, Oregon

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