CONSTRUCTION DATES: The groundbreaking ceremony for Arbuthnot Hall was
May 4, 1961. Construction was completed in May of 1962 with the building
dedication January 27, 1963.
REMODEL: A new wing was added to Arby Hall in 1987 to make room for the
Oregon Police Academy. The bill totaled $2 million.
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: Robert D. Morrow of Salem was hired to construct
COSTS: Arbuthnot Hall construction bills totaled $630,000.
ARCHITECTS AND BUILDING STYLE: The firm of Burns, Bear, McNeil, and Schneider
of Portland designed the three story brick and concrete building.
CURRENT USES: Arbuthnot Hall merged with newer buildings to become part
of the Oregon Police Academy in 1986.
HISTORY: Originally built as a women’s dormitory, Arbuthnot Hall
could house over 150 women in 75 rooms with built-in furniture and closets
in its 35,182 square feet. In 1986 Arbuthnot Hall became part of the Oregon
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS: The building was named after Katherine Arbuthnot,
a popular social science teacher from 1913-1947. Arbuthnot was also the
first principal of the Independence Elementary School when it became a
training center. Arbuthnot was known for her generous nature, sparkling
humor, and unselfishness. The building sits on the former site of a Texaco
gas station. Arbuthnot Hall started an annual community Easter egg hunt
in 1963. The dorm was nicknamed “Arby” by residents. Closed
circuit television feeds were used during Arbuthnot Hall’s dedication
to accommodate the overflow crowds.