CONSTRUCTION DATES: Butler Hall construction started in February, 1964,
and was completed by early 1965.
REMODEL: The information on any significant remodel is unavailable.
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY: Information on the builder is unavailable.
COSTS: Butler Hall was built for $575,000 in 1965.
ARCHITECTS AND BUILDING STYLE: Butler Hall consists of four relatively
small structures made of reinforced concrete with some masonry construction.
Each building is identified by a pod designation. Pod A contains the common
rooms and the residence advisers’ living area. Pod B of Butler Hall
is made up of apartment units consisting of a living/study/kitchenette
area, separate bedroom, separate bathroom, and outside entrances. Each
unit in Pod B houses two students. Butler Hall Pods C and D are apartment
units with living and study areas, separate bedroom, and separate bathroom.
Each unit may house up to four students as enrollment dictates, but is
often capped at one to people.
CURRENT USES: Butler Hall is one of the University’s coeducational
dormitory buildings. Butler and Gentle Hall house approximately 75 junior
and senior students in 24,641 square feet.
HISTORY: Constructed as dormitory, Butler Hall was opened for students
in September, 1965. The building dedication was performed on May 6, 1966
during Alumni Day. During the ceremony, a framed picture of J.B.V. Butler
was hung in the dormitory.
OTHER INTERESTING FACTS: Butler Hall is named in honor of J.B.V. Butler.
Butler, born in Monmouth in 1862, was a graduate of Oregon Normal (class
of 1884), teacher, Dean of Men at OCE, Secretary of the Board of Regent
of Normal Schools, librarian, registrar, and an acting president of OCE
during his educational career. Butler Hall has set records for endurance.
In 1967, Butler Hall played in a charity basketball game against Arnold
Arms for a national record 44 hours. Arnold Arms won the contest 4,090
to 3,991. In 1972, Butler Hall attempted to set a world record for group
toilet-sitting. The “johnathon” was done in shifts over a
week to raise money for a local charity. There is no official word on
the success of the marathon but, as it was a first, the johnathon probably
set the world record.