Earl Complex

Earl Hall

Earl Hall footprint

Architect: Church, Newberry, and Roehr.
Date: 1954.
Location: 1333 East 15th Avenue. Google Maps location.
Image: Marion Dean Ross. From Building Oregon.


Earl Complex, also known as Earl Hall, was designed, like the adjacent Straub Hall, to house independent living units. Construction began in April 1954 and ended in November 1955. Its design reflected the post-war interest in International Style geometric simplicity. Funded in part by dormitory fees and the sale of World War II trailers, this housing unit was named for Virgil D. Earl, UO alumnus and Athletics Director (1923-31) and Dean of Men (1931-48).

Earl Complex is made up of units named for former faculty: Edgar McClure (Chemistry), Davis Walter Morton (first dean of Business Administration), Frederick George Young (first dean of Graduate School), Orin Fletcher Stafford (Chemistry Department head), Henry Davidson Sheldon (founder of Oregon State Teachers Association, first dean of School of Education).


Journal, Magazine Articles

"New Men's Dormitory--Earl Hall--Dedicated December 2."  Old Oregon 36 no. 18 (Nov.-Dec. 1955): 8, ill. [building & portrait of Earl].

"A New Home for Oregon Freshmen."   Old Oregon 36 no.6 (July-Aug. 1955): 5, ill.

Newspaper Articles

"TV for schools highlights (State Board of Higher Education) meeting; Board okays Straub addition plan."  Daily Emerald 01/29/1953, 1.

"Straub addition (and Dental School) plans approved by State Board."  Daily Emerald 04/28/1953, 1.

"Plans made for new Frosh dorm."  Daily Emerald 05/26/1953, 1.

"Plans made for new Frosh dorm."  Daily Emerald 05/26/1953, 1.

"Men's dorm OK'ed for University of Oregon, as addition to Straub", Daily Emerald 11/23/1953, 1.

"State Board announces opening of Straub bids."  Daily Emerald 01/26/1954, 1.

"Board rejects addition bids."  Daily Emerald 02/18/1954, 1.

"Final approval given University of Oregon dorm."  Daily Emerald 03/11/1954, 1.

"New men's dormitory now under construction."  Daily Emerald 04/24/1954, 4, il..

"Men's dormitory under construction."  Daily Emerald 04/30/1954, 6, il..

"Work on new dorm going on schedule."  Daily Emerald 09/27/1954, 1, il..

"'Top' dorm living planned in Earl."  Daily Emerald 11/15/1954, 4.

"Dorm plans in progress."  Daily Emerald 03/30/1955, 8.

"Newest qurters,"Virgil D. Earl Hall, new dormitory unit for men.", Daily Emerald 08/03/1955, 3, il..

"Class of 1959 first in dorm."  Daily Emerald 09/20/1955, 4, il..

"President Wilson to dedicate new dormitory on Friday."  Daily Emerald 11/28/1955, 1.

"New men's dorm dedicated Friday."  Daily Emerald 12/01/1955, 1.

"Portrait to be presented at Earl Hall dedication."  Daily Emerald 12/02/1955, 3, il..

"Honored guests attend dorm dedication ceremony."  Daily Emerald 12/08/1955, 1.


Page author: Edward H. Teague.