Oregon State University’s Bexell Hall

South facade of Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall is a good example of the architecture in the Oregon State University (OSU) Historical District. The historic buildings in the middle of trees make a nice place to walk. The building is also close to the businesses on Monroe Avenue.

Activities

Bexell Hall is near many sights positioned in the heart of the OSU campus.

  • Campus Way
    • This road runs through the OSU campus. It is lined with historic buildings from the 1920s and 1930s. The campus way parking lot at 14th is a good place to start walking.
  • Fairbanks Art Gallery
    • Shows art by artists, faculty and students. Covers a wide range of mediums and kinds of art.
  • Monroe Avenue
    • The main business area next to campus. Has restaurants, bars and coffee shops if you want to eat or drink.
  • Memorial Union
    • The Memorial Union, known as the MU, is the social gathering spot on campus. It includes a coffee shop, seating and a cafeteria.

History

Bexell Hall was completed in 1922. It was designed by John Virginius Bennes. Bennes designed many buildings on the OSU campus.

The hall was originally called the Commerce Hall since it housed the School of Commerce. The hall was renamed in 1966 to Bexell for John A. Bexell. John A. Bexell was the founder and head of the School of Commerce from 1908 to 1931.

Bexell Hall housed the School of Commerce and later the College of Business until 2014. The College of Business moved to Austin Hall in 2014. Today Bexell Hall houses the College of Liberal Arts.

Style

Bexell Hall uses a Neo-Renaissance design. Geometry and symmetry are important in Neo-Renaissance design. We can see this in the symmetrical layout of the windows in Bexell Hall.

Neo-Renaissance architecture was cothe mmon in the United States in the early 20th century. It is used in many buildings on OSU’s Corvallis campus.

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