Eaton Hall (Oregon)

Eaton Hall (Oregon)

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building_name = Eaton Hall

caption = The north side of Eaton Hall
building_type = College
architectural_style = Late Gothic Revival
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location = Salem, Oregon
United States
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start_date = 1907
completion_date = 1908
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floor_count = 4
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Eaton Hall is an academic building on the campus of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, United States. Completed in 1909, the four-story brick and stone hall is the fourth oldest building on the campus of the school after Waller Hall (1867), Gatke Hall (1903), and the Art Building (1907). [ Willamette University Historic Buildings.] "Salem Historical Quarterly". Retrieved on January 27 2008.] Eaton is a mix of architectural styles and houses the humanities departments of the liberal arts college.


Eaton Hall was built from 1907 to 1908.1840-1990 Keepsake Edition: Willamette University. "Statesman Journal", October 26 1990.] The primarily Late Gothic Revival style building was dedicated on September 21 1909, and named in honor of Abel E. Eaton. [cite web|url=|title=Site Information: Eaton Hall|work=Oregon Historic Sites Database|publisher=Oregon Parks and Recreation Department|accessdate=2008-08-23] Eaton donated $50,000 for the construction of the hall. He owned the Union Woolen Mills in Eastern Oregon.

Originally constructed with round spires on the turrets, these were later removed. [ Historic Campus Architecture Project: Eaton Hall.] The Council of Independent Colleges. Retrieved on October 1 2008.] Eaton Hall was home to Willamette’s law school from 1923 until 1938.Women of Willamette: Early Legal Pioneers to Today’s Trailblazers. "Willamette Lawyer", Spring 2007, p. 12.] During the 1960s the structure housed the school’s office of the president, the registrar, the school’s telephone switchboard, and business offices. [ [ Willamette Stories: From Exceptional to Extraordinary: More than Bricks and Stones.] Willamette University. Retrieved on January 27 2008.]

Willamette's administrative offices were located in Eaton from its opening until 1980. In 1980, renovations began to convert administrative offices into classrooms and faculty offices and other modern improvements.In 1983, the building's interior was remodeled, and the following year Eaton was added to Salem's Historic Properties List. [ [ City of Salem: Historic Properties List.] City of Salem. Retrieved on January 27 2008.] In the spring of 2004, a $1.4 million dollar renovation of the building’s fourth floor was completed. [ Eaton Hall's Radical Renovation.] "The Scene", Spring 2004. Retrieved on January 27 2008.] The former attic space was converted into offices and classrooms for the rhetoric and anthropology departments.


Four-stories tall, the hall is constructed of stone and bricks with a composite shingle roof. Architectural details contain elements of Victorian, Gothic Revival, and Beaux-Arts styles. Gothic elements include a pointed arches on the entrances, embedded towers or turrets, a foundation of rusticated stone, and decorative stone lintels.

Located on the north end of campus, it is adjacent to Waller Hall to the west and Smullin Hall to the east. To the south is an open field which previously served as the school's football field. The building currently houses Willamette’s humanities programs. This includes the Anthropology, Religion, English, History, Classics, Rhetoric, and Philosophy departments.Fact|date=July 2007

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External links

* [ View of Eaton Hall from atop the Oregon State Capitol]
* [ Picture of Eaton Hall circa 1940]

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