Friendly Hall

Friendly Hall

Architect: Whidden and Lewis.


Finished in 1893, this three story red brick building was conceived to be co-ed, with two main entrances, one to south for men and one to north for women. It was the first dormitory designed to be co-ed in the United States. A large dining room existed in front and between two entrances. The building was designed by Oregon's most prominent architectural firm at the time, Whidden and Lewis.  Frequently adapted and altered: additions came in 1914, 1920, and 1924, and renovations done in 1933, 1951, and to this day. Known for two decades as the Dormitory, the building was named in 1916 for Samson H. Friendly (1865-1915). Friendly (Freundlich) was born in Germany and moved to Eugene in 1865.  A local merchant, he served as mayor of Eugene and as a member of the Union University Association which established the university.  He also served on the Board of Regents for many years.  Friendly Hall ceased being a dorm in 1928 when Straub Hall opened.



  • "Friendly Hall," University of Oregon Cultural Resources Survey.  University of Oregon Campus Planning, Design, and Construction, 2013. Web.  Accessed 31 May 2015. (PDF)

Newspaper Articles


  • "July 1, Saturday."  Eugene City Guard, 15 July 1893. Historic Oregon Newspapers.  Accessed 31 May 2015.  Fifty thousand bricks are on the ground awaiting completion of the stone foundation.


  • "Regents name dormitory in memory of S. H. Friendly."  Morning Oregonian 19 January 1916. Historic Oregon Newspapers. Web.


  • "Addition to Friendly nearing completion," Daily Emerald, 12/08/1923, 4


  • " Friendly Hall is rebuilt to house offices of faculty. University's oldest dormitory becomes classroom and office bilding," Daily Emerald, 09/27/1933, 5
  • "Heirs of Friendly ask name change for campus hall," Daily Emerald, 02/21/1935, 4


  • "Renovation of Friendly, SU completion slated.," Daily Emerald, 02/20/1950, 7
  • "First University dorm gets face-lifting job to tune of $82,000.," Daily Emerald, 04/17/1951, 7
  • " Friendly Hall 's east wing razed," Daily Emerald, 11/08/1951, 8
  • "S. H. Friendly recalled," Daily Emerald, 05/18/1953, 2

Image: Friendly Hall, UA_REF3_Bx10A_Freindly_0001

Page author: Edward H. Teague.

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