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WKU Hilltopper Heritage

Buildings & Grounds

WKU Hilltopper Heritage is a set of links to sources regarding the history of the university including biographies of faculty, staff and alumni, photographs and departmental histories. Some of the sites are maintained by other departments on campus and may not provide a link back to this site. In that event, use the BACK button on your browser, if you wish to return to this site.

For more information regarding the history of Western Kentucky University please contact the WKU Archives.

Administration Faculty & Staff
Alumni Photographs
Athletics Special Events
Buildings & Grounds Student Organizations
Collection Inventories WKU Traditions & Memories

Looking for a specific building or structure? Check out WKU Special Collection Libraries & Kentucky Museum Research Strategies.

General Overviews


Architectural Drawings & Plans

Bate-Runner - architectural painting - digitized
Blueprints, Drawings & Plans
 - Collection Inventory
Cherry Hall 1937+

Diddle Arena - architectural painting - digitized
Domestic Science House, 1910 - D385 digitized
Gordon Wilson - architectural painting - digitized
Helm Library - architectural painting - digitized
Ogden Hall 

Physical Education - rendering - digitized
Recitation Hall 

ROTC - Proposed - rendering - digitized
Snell Hall
 - architectural painting - digitized
Supply-Services Building 

Swimming Pool - architectural painting - digitized
Thompson Science
 - architectural painting - digitized
Van Meter - architectural painting - digitized

Building Bibliographies & Histories

Academic-Athletic Building No. 1 aka Diddle Arena

Academic-Athletic Building No. 2 aka L.T. Smith Stadium
Academic Complex
Agricultural Exposition Center   
Bailey Home
Barnes-Campbell Hall  
Barracks, 1918 razed 1924
Bates-Runner Hall   
Bemis Lawrence Hall 
Big Red Barn  
Cabell House  
Cedar House 
Center for Research & Development
Chandler Memorial Chapel 
Cherry Halls

Clinical Education Complex 
College Heights Foundation 
College High    
Cravens Graduate Center & Library 
Denes Field 
Detrex Field
Diddle Dorm     
Downing University Center    
E.A. Diddle Arena  
Education Complex, 1970
Engineering & Biological Sciences Complex 
Environmental Sciences & Technology   
Faculty House 
Feix Field  
Felts Log House 
Frisbie Hall 
Garrett Conference Center
Gilbert Hall   
Gordon Wilson Hall   
Grise Hall  
Guest House aka Pest House, razed 1971
Hardin Planetarium & Observatory  
Heating Plant
Helm Library      
Home Economics  
Home Management House  
Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium 
Industrial Education
Information Center
Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center  
Keen Hall 
Kentucky Building
Knicely Institute for Economic Development & Conference Center 
Maintenance Service 
Mass Media & Technology Hall 
McCormack Hall, 1961 aka State Hall 1961-1969
McLean Hall 
Meredith Hall 
Minton Hall
Music Hall
Northeast Hall
Ogden Hall

Pearce-Ford Tower 
Physical Education  
Pioneer Log Cabin 
Poland Hall aka Dormitory #9
Potter Hall 
President's Homes  

Preston Health & Activities Center   
Ransdell Hall 
Recitation Hall   
Red Barn 
Rock House  
Rodes-Harlin Hall, 1966, $1,264,801 housed 400 women 
Rural Training School
Schneider Hall, 1929 aka White Hall, Whitestone Hall & West Hall 
Seminar Center 
Supply-Services Building, 1970
Smith Stadium
Snell Hall
Soccer Complex
South Regional Post Secondary Education Center 
Southwest Hall
Stadium & Colonnade    
Stone Building

Student Publications 
Tate Page Hall 
Taylor Agricultural Pavilion, 1965
Thompson Science Complex  
Track & Field Complex (proposed)
Training School  
University High   
Van Meter Hall   

Wetherby Administration  
Zacharias Hall

Buildings & Grounds Sources

Construction Files Collection Inventories



1909 - Master Plan 
1920 - Cherryton Village
1930 - Property
1949 - Campus Map
1956 - Campus Map 
1960 - Ogden Campus
1960 - WKU Campus  
1965 - Campus Map
1965 - Master Plans S2028S2029S2030
1966 - Campus Map  
1966 - Contour Map  
1967 - Campus Map  
1967 - Master Plan S1324 
1968 - Campus Map 
1971 - Campus Map 
1971 - Parking Map 
1972 - Birds-eye-view 
1972 - Campus Map  
1973 - Master Plan 
1976 - Campus Map 
1977 - Campus Map 
1983 - Campus Map 
1993 - Campus Map 
1995 - Accessibility Map  
1995 - Campus Map 
1999 - Campus Map  
2008 - Campus Map 
UA1B3/1 - Master Plan Committee - Collection Inventory
UA1C1 - Campus Views
 - Collection Inventory
UA30/1/1 Planning, Design & Construction - Collection Inventory 

Master Plan Committee




Buildings & Structures - Collection Inventory
Campus Views - Collection Inventory
Campus Views - digitized
Franklin Studios Photograph Collection
 - Collection Inventory
Franklin Studios Photographs - digitized
Leon Garrett Digital Photographs - Collection Inventory
Leon Garrett Digital Photographs - digitized

Residence Halls

A college is not its campus, its walks, its buildings. A college is an ideal, a spirit, a long tradition, a zeal for more life and more knowledge. It is more than its president, more than its board of control, more than its faculty and students of a single year. A college represents the friendships and the achievements of all the known and unknown people who have made it possible, who have given it a distinct stamp, who have extended it material and moral support, who have interpreted its spirit into useful lives.

~Henry Cherry

Cherry Hall

Van Meter

Downing University Center

Ogden Hall

WKU Aerial View

Guthrie Bell Tower

Recitation Hall Plan


Red Barn

Cherry Statue Dedication 

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