Pacific Hall

Architect: Lawrence, Tucker, and Wallman.


After two full years of construction, the Science Building (also known as Science I and Main Science) opened for use in February 1952 and was dedicated in April 1952. Designed to have the same exterior finish as the University Theater (now Robinson Theater), the Science Building had "International Style" characteristics: bare walls, little or no decorative effects, defined geometric volumes with few curves. When it opened, the mammoth Science Building lacked any similarity in scale or design with the neighboring buildings: Journalism (now older part of Allen) from the 1920s, the 19th century Friendly Hall, the Art and Architecture Building of the 1920s, and the Men's Gymnasium of 1909.


Journal and Magazine Articles, arranged chronologically:

  • "New Science Building is Last in Present Building Program." Old Oregon 31 no.9 (June 1950): 7, ill.
  • "Science Building Nearing Completion." Old Oregon 33 no.1 (Aug. 1951): 10, ill.
  • [Science Building Interior; Construction Photo]. Old Oregon (Dec. 1951): 11, ill.
  • "Heralding a New Era for Science; A Building That Is Not an Expenditure but an Investment." Old Oregon (June 1952): 2-6. ill.

Newspaper Articles, arranged chronologically:


  • "State board approves funds for radio station; University gets permission to draw plans for new science building, coed dormitory." Daily Emerald. 01/23/1946, 1
  • "University will have new science building; modern structure may be finished by 1947,"Board approves plans for $80,000 plant", Daily Emerald. 02/05/1946, 1, il.
  • "Postponed again." Daily Emerald. 07/23/1947, 2
  • "Science building postponed again." Daily Emerald. 07/23/1947, 1
  • "Science building said possible in near future." Daily Emerald. 04/23/1949, 1
  • "Wright tells plans for science plant." Daily Emerald. 09/27/1949, 1


  • "'Smell-proof' science building set for completion by fall 1950." Daily Emerald. 01/19/1950, 6
  • "State Board to let bids on campus science plant." Daily Emerald. 02/03/1950, 3
  • "State board approves science building bids." Daily Emerald. 03/30/1950, 6
  • "Preview of the new science building." Daily Emerald. 11/14/1950, 1, il.
  • "Overcrowded departments to move to large, modern science building." Daily Emerald. 04/09/1951, 6, il.
  • "New building to modernize campus; science structure nears completion." Daily Emerald. 09/19/1951, 7, il.
  • "Science building to sport fifteen inch telescope." Daily Emerald. 10/03/1951, 7
  • "New equipment being installed at Science building." Daily Emerald. 11/14/1951, 7
  • "New science building rises to replace vine-covered Deady." Daily Emerald. 11/29/1951, 6
  • "Physics, Biology departments move into new quarters." Daily Emerald. 04/02/1952, 1
  • "New Science building has left handed chairs, kitchen." Daily Emerald. 04/02/1952, 3
  • "Science building dedication set." Daily Emerald. 04/14/1952, 1
  • "Four noted scientists to speak at science building dedication,"(Waterman, Alan; Beadle, G. W.; Robertson, Ross; Allison, S. K.)", Daily Emerald. 04/23/1952, 1
  • "New science building: the physical plant catches up with the curriculum." Daily Emerald. 04/25/1952, 4, il.
  • "New Science building sans odors; has other features including telescope, kitchens, pastel aquatic bathtubs." Daily Emerald. 04/25/1952, 4, il.
  • "Kleinsorge lauds science building in Friday's dedication ceremonies." Daily Emerald. 04/28/1952, 1
  • "Dr. Waterman relates background of national science foundation." Daily Emerald. 04/28/1952, 1
  • "Building grounds near completion." Daily Emerald. 05/15/1952, 7
  • "BA school, science building will be completed by fall." Daily Emerald. 05/27/1952, 1
  • "Two buildings new to alums,"Science, Commonwealth part of extensive program", Daily Emerald. 11/08/1952, I: 4, il.
  • "E. G. Ebbighausen and telescope." Daily Emerald. 11/08/1952, I: 4, il.
  • "Science building improvements include space, new equipment." Daily Emerald. 01/09/1953, 6
  • "Work to start in May on science building." Daily Emerald. 08/05/1959, 4, il.


  • "Study animals receive new home in Science I." Daily Emerald. 04/06/1977, 7