UO's Architectural Timelines


Streisinger Hall, University of Oregon

Unless otherwise noted, the date indicates when the building opened. Follow the link to learn more about the history of a building or architect.


  • Building Inactivity: For much of the 1980s, the US economy was not at its best. In 1970, unemployment was 4.9%; in 1980 it reached 7.1%. By 1983, national unemployment hit a high of 9.6%. Oregon's 1983 rate was 12.3%. The University of Oregon increasingly turned to fundraising for financial support.
  • The first Historic Preservation program west of the Mississippi was established in the School of Architecture & Allied Arts (now the College of Design) by Philip Dole and Marian Donnelly.  In 2015, the UO Board of Trustees agreed to move this program to UO Portland.
  • Education Addition (South Bldg, courtyard, covered walkway). Architect: Martin Soderstrom Matteson. Builder: John T. Moody & Sons.
  • Erb Memorial Union Renovation (Fishbowl Renovation). Architect: Eggleston, Reddick Associates.
  • Paul Olum becomes 13th president of UO. See Paul Olum, Wikipedia.


  • An benchmark year for key publications about Oregon's built environment:
    • Clark, Rosalind L. Oregon Style: Architecture from 1840 to the 1950s. Portland, OR: Professional Book Center, 1983.
      A basic text on Oregon's architecture, Clark's book included Lee H. Nelson; Marion Dean Ross; Philip H. Dole, and Elizabeth Walton Potter as advisors.
    • Jette, George S. 100 Years, 100 Trees: Record of Trees Planted, University of Oregon, Eugene (Eugene, OR: The Foundation, 1983).
    • Style and Vernacular: A Guide to the Architecture of Lane County, Oregon (Oregon Historical Society, 1983).  Contributors included Philip Dole, Williams, Michael McCulloch, and Richard Glenn Williams.





  • Fundraising Initiatives.
    The fundraising initiative "Campaign for Oregon" was inaugurated in 1989. Included a $25 million gift from Phil Knight (Nike founder) which enabled the enlargement and renovation of the main library. Miles Brand became UO president following Dr. Olum's resignation. UO graduated 3859 in academic year 1988/89.
  • Cascade Hall, Deschutes Hall, Streisinger Hall, and Willamette Hall reach completion. Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell; Ratcliff Architects. J. David Rowe, UO Campus Planner; Fred Tepfer, UO Associate Campus Planner; Garry Fritz, UO project manager.


Page author: Ed Teague.