Willamette University Historic Buildings
900 State Street

Using the map found on the Willamette University website,
park in any of the lots designated and follow the numbers on the campus map for the following self-guided walking tour of the most historic buildings and memorials.

6. At the corner of State and 12th Streets is Gatke Hall, originally built as the Salem Post Office in 1903. In 1938, it was moved to its present location by means of rollers moving slowly along State Street, a process taking six months. It served as the College of Law until the completion of the Collins Legal Center in 1967.

Walking west on State Street, a triangular pattern of walkways marks the location of a maple tree planted in 1857 by F. H. Grubbs, the husband of Anna Maria Lee, daughter of Jason Lee. They were married in 1864, the year after both graduated from Willamette, then called the Oregon Institute.

3 and 4. Smullin Hall, the next building facing the State Street, is a 1988 construction. Walk around to the south side of the building to see Walton Hall, built in 1967. In front of Walton Hall is the Indian School Rock, commemorating the first building on the campus, built by Jason Lee, which housed the Indian Manual Labor School from 1844 to 1872.

2. Continue along the walk to the south side of Eaton Hall, built in 1908-9 with a $50,000 grant from Mr. A.E. Eaton, the owner of Union Woolen Mills. It was remodeled in 1983. To your left is an open area, once the school's football field. Newer buildings are beyond.

1. Passing Eaton, you will be on the south side of Waller Hall, directly across State Street from the Pioneer statue atop the State Capitol. Completed in 1867 it is the oldest building on campus. Originally called University Hall, and later named after Alvin F. Waller, it was used for chapel services and classes. The building burned twice, first in 1891 when the top two floors were lost, and again in 1919 when only the shell of the building was left standing. Of interest to visitors is the Cone Chapel on the second floor and the Chaplin’s Office, Methodist Archives, a Willamette historical exhibit and the Willamette Room on the third.

19. As you reach Winter Street, to your right on the corner is the Art Building, built in 1907 to house the Oregon Medical School. In 1913 this medical facility merged with the Oregon Medical School and moved to Portland. From 1913 to 1920 it housed the Willamette Academy, a college preparatory school. Other departments occupied the building until 1977. The Department of Art moved in following a major renovation.

15. To your left on Winter Street is Lausanne Hall. The original building on this site was the former home of Chloe Willson, moved here from the corner of Court and Winter streets in 1880-81and known as Young Women’s Hall. Razed in 1919 and rebuilt the following year, the new residence was named for the ship that brought reinforcements to the Oregon Mission in 1842.

11. Just beyond this building Mill Creek leaves the campus flowing west through the city and on to the Willamette River. Following the creek back across the campus, passing Smith Auditorium and turning south, our tour leads us to Mark O. Hatfield Library. Within the library are the Hatfield Room and Hatfield Office containing many items from the personal collection of the Senator, an alumnus of the University.

Note the hours when the library is open. Ask any staff member for directions to the second floor Hatfield Room.