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THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

McArthur Court (Mac Court)

Date: 1926. Architect: Lawrence and Holford. Chief Designer: Ellis F. Lawrence. Contractors: A. J. Pujenen (Portland); Sigwart Electric Co. (Electric); Chase & Leslie (Heating); Williamson & Co (Plumbing).

History

  • Original Structure (1926). Construction began in June 1926 and ended in December of that year. ASUO funded McArthur Court, named for Clifton N. 'Pat" McArthur, the first president of the ASUO (1899-1900) first editor of the student newspaper, and student director of athletics (1899-1900), member (and speaker) of the Oregon legislature and US Congress representative. Initially designed to seat 6000, the arena was nicknamed the Igloo or Mac Court.
  • Renovations (1937). New roof, repair trusses.
  • Renovations (1949). Rollaway bleachers.
  • Renovations (1950s). North end bleachers (1953); Two balconies, exterior roof grusses, metal corner stair towers added (1955).
  • Renovations (1996). Architect: Soderstrom Architects.
    Renovations included reconstruction of domed roof and replacement of stuccoed exterior.

Bibliography

Websites

Reports

Books & Parts of Books

  • "McArthur Court," Ellis Lawrence Building Survey. v.2 (Eugene). Compiled by the Historic Preservation Program, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon ; project directors, Michael Shellenbarger, Kimberly Lakin. [Salem, Or.] : State Historic Preservation Office, [1989].

Journal Articles

  • Pennington, John W. "The Eskimo Ice House." Lane County Historian (Fall 1987): 62-4.

Newspaper Articles (arranged by date)

  • 1920s
    • "Building plans meet approval of committee," Daily Emerald, 02/10/1926, 1.
    • "New basketball pavilion plans nearly finished," Daily Emerald, 03/12/1926, 1.
    • "Regents and council vote steel pavilion," Daily Emerald, 04/01/1926, 1.
    • "Work started on last unit of pavilion," Daily Emerald, 10/14/1926, 1.
    • "New pavilion hastened on to completion," Daily Emerald, 12/02/1926, 1.
    • "Basketball pavilion is near completion; final touches added," Daily Emerald, 12/10/1926, 1.
    • "Amphitheater is named for C. N. M'Arthur," Daily Emerald, 01/06/1927, 1.
    • "McArthur Court able to seat 6,000; Bears want large crowd," Daily Emerald, 03/02/1927, 3..
    • "New plan proposed to better acoustics of McArthur Court," Daily Emerald, 01/21/1928, 4.
  • 1930s
    • "McArthur Court debt liquidated," Daily Emerald, 01/15/1932, 1.
    • "Dressed-up Igloo model designed to overcome difficulties of decoration," Daily Emerald, 10/09/1937, 1.
    • "Permanent drapes ready. Igloo to be fitted for new wardrobe," Daily Emerald, 01/28/1938, 1.
    • "Mac Court gets facelifting," Daily Emerald, 09/19/1947, 5.
  • 1940s
    • "McArthur, Hayward additions approved," Daily Emerald, 07/15/1948, 1.
  • 1950s
    • "Igloo named for alum noted in state, nation," Daily Emerald, 02/01/1950, 7.
    • "Saturday Evening Post takes pictures at UO," Daily Emerald, 02/02/1953, 3.
    • "Oregon halts stadium plans," Daily Emerald, 09/17/1953, 1.
    • "Athletic department plans changes in 'igloo' seating," Daily Emerald, 02/12/1954, 5.
    • "Igloo to rank high, in seating capacity," Daily Emerald, 04/09/1954, 5.
    • "Remodeled Mac court sees side posts out, balconies in," Daily Emerald, 10/15/1954, 6, il..
    • "Dedication due for Mac court," Daily Emerald, 11/24/1954, 4.
    • "Court annex nears finish," Daily Emerald, 11/24/1954, 5.
    • "New Mac court open tongith. Mac seating is announced," Daily Emerald, 12/03/1954, 1, il..
    • "The name on Mac court: 'firsts' record of noted album," Daily Emerald, 01/24/1955, 3.
    • "Fire chief claims Mac court danger," Daily Emerald, 04/13/1955, 3.
    • "Woman files suit against University, for injuries allegedly sustained in McArthur court," Daily Emerald, 05/04/1955, 1.
    • "Work progress on field, lounge," Daily Emerald, 09/29/1955, 4.
    • "Oregon lettermen dedicating, lettermen's lounge," Daily Emerald, 11/19/1955, 3.
    • "Damage done at Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 05/15/1956, 8.
  • 1960s
    • "Bomb explosion in Mac Court barely noticed," Daily Emerald, 10/16/1963, 1.
    • "Rally board defends seating policies," Daily Emerald, 01/28/1966, 10.
    • "McArthur Court's acoustics criticized by musicians," Daily Emerald, 05/17/1966, 5.
    • "Student oppostiion rises over 'no dancing' decision," Daily Emerald, 11/08/1968, 9.
    • "Mac Court roof causes closure," Daily Emerald, 01/29/1969, 4.
  • 1970s
    • "Believe it or not, Mac can be saved," Daily Emerald, 02/04/1970, 9.
    • "Student arrested at mac court: two hundred gain free admission to concert, Danny Bosch," Daily Emerald, 03/10/1970, 6.
    • "Here's how things will work Friday," Daily Emerald, 02/10/1971, 13.
    • "The 'Old Barn': what next?," Daily Emerald, 02/10/1971, 13.
    • "Smoking ban to be enforced," Daily Emerald, 02/25/1971, 1.
    • "Mac Court rock concerts threatened by smoking," Daily Emerald, 04/05/1971, 1.
    • "Roller derby invades Mac Court on Friday," Daily Emerald, 04/21/1971, 11.
    • "Thieves hit Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 10/08/1971, 2.
    • "Smoking again mars Mac Cout concert, Arlo Guthrie," Daily Emerald, 12/07/1971, 1.
    • "Mac Court concert injunction possible," Daily Emerald, 12/08/1971, 1.
    • "McArthur Court," Daily Emerald, 12/09/1971, 12.
    • "Behavior at concert to decide future events," Daily Emerald, 02/10/1972, 5.
    • "Audience behavior better at Youngblood's concert," Daily Emerald, 02/14/1972, 1.
    • "Wick recommends end to rock concerts, in Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 02/15/1972, 1.
    • "Forum cancels rock concerts in Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 02/16/1972, 1.
    • "Wider seat ruling for Mac Court puts AD in bind," Daily Emerald, 02/06/1975, 1.
    • "Things must change in Mac Court, Opinion on crowd conduct and seating," Daily Emerald, 02/14/1975, 4.
    • "State Board approves plans to have balconies in Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 07/24/1975, 1.
    • "Bernau denies IFC decision, on seating," Daily Emerald, 10/10/1975, 1.
    • "ASUO fights hard battle for Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 10/13/1975, 1.
    • "IFC reverses, votes against reserved seats," Daily Emerald, 10/14/1975, 1.
    • "Student inpt focus of Mac Court plan," Daily Emerald, 10/17/1975, 1.
    • "Protests axe reserved seats," Daily Emerald, 10/20/1975, 3.
    • "That $250 seat you bought cost the AD 50 cents," Daily Emerald, 11/06/1975, 9.
    • "Mac Court seating slowly decreasing," Daily Emerald, 11/20/1975, 3.
    • "Senate to decide on student control of Mac Court today," Daily Emerald, 01/07/1976, 1.
    • "Senate recommends Mac Court board," Daily Emerald, 01/08/1976, 1.
    • "Who controls," Daily Emerald, 01/09/1976, A:4.
    • "Demands rest on Mac Court ownership, 1st of 2 articles," Daily Emerald, 01/13/1976, 1.
    • "Mac Court faces faculty vote, 2nd of 2 articles," Daily Emerald, 01/14/1976, 1.
    • "Mac Court Board killed in Senate," Daily Emerald, 01/15/1976, 1A.
    • "Naïve no more, letter regarding faculty action," Daily Emerald, 01/16/1976, 4.
    • "ASUO aims Mac Court effort at faculty, student control issue," Daily Emerald, 01/20/1976, 1.
    • "Not forgotten, student contol of Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 01/21/1976, 4.
    • "A Pit: that's what Oregon State has found Mac Court to be," Daily Emerald, 01/23/1976, 5.
    • "Barricades to go up at basketball games," Daily Emerald, 02/03/1976, 3.
    • "Commission recommends extra student entrance," Daily Emerald, 02/03/1976, 1.
    • "Boyd opposes reopening Mac Court Board issue," Daily Emerald, 02/05/1976, 8A.
    • "Extra door to be opened in Mac Court experiment," Daily Emerald, 02/05/1976, 1.
    • "Barricades keep fans from harmful stampede," Daily Emerald, 02/06/1976, 3.
    • "AD warns of cut in student seat allocation," Daily Emerald, 06/01/1976, 1.
    • "Athletic Department shuffles student seats," Daily Emerald, 06/03/1976, 1A.
    • "Committee proposes Mac Court guidelines, scheduling," Daily Emerald, 01/26/1977, 14.
    • "ASUO, AD dispute Mac Court report," Daily Emerald, 02/10/1977, 1A.
    • "Forum simmers over Boyd's ban," Daily Emerald, 02/11/1977, 3.
    • "Boyd likes group's ideas on Mac Court scheduling," Daily Emerald, 02/14/1977, 3.
    • "Cultural conflict remedied, dispute over scheduling of Mac Court events settled," Daily Emerald, 03/27/1977, 1.
    • "Bad news for night life, Mac Court use dispute," Daily Emerald, 03/31/1977, 4A.
    • "AD proposes policy changes for Mac Court use," Daily Emerald, 04/25/1977, 3.
    • "Feldman questions Mac Court user fees," Daily Emerald, 09/27/1977, 3.
    • "Boyd says more minorities needed, also comments on retirement age and future of Mac Court," Daily Emerald, 10/18/1977, 1.
      • 2001
    • "80 Years of the Pit; Sunday marked the 80th anniversary of the firt game played at MacCourt." Oregon Daily Emerald 16 Jan. 2007: 1.

Page author: Ed Teague, ehteague@uoregon.edu

Updated:  Oct. 24, 2012

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