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Built: 1926

Currently Houses: College of Engineering


In the aftermath of World War I, the campus saw a growth of students and saw a particular need for new buildings. Administrators were frustrated at this lack of facilities because there were no fund available for construction. Relief came from passage of the Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 1920, which provided states with 37.5% of royalties paid by oil companies for production from leased federal lands. The need for construction materials led the university to locate and run its own quarry. The quarry saw decades of operation and gave UW buildings their signature look of sandstone blocks.

The handsome building, designed by Wilbur Hitchcock and Frederick Hutchinson Porter, was illustrated in the President's Ten Year Report to the Board of Trustees as an ideal example of the new architectural aesthetic for the University developed a few years earlier by Hitchcock and Hood. It featured
a dramatic symmetrical facade and a central tower with stepped squared columns flanking the main entry. The design of the tower, in particular, drew praise.

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