Acquired through State and Federal funding, Hudson Hall was moved from the Kaiser ship building operation at Vancouver, Washington. It opened in 1947 to house veterans of World War II attending school on the G.I. Bill. This campus ghost stood where the mall is today.
Following World War
II, colleges across the country prepared for a large influx of single and
married veterans taking advantage of the G.I. Bill. With federal and state
assistance, Cheney met the need through war surplus trailers and buildings. The
post-war expansion that began with Trailerville added Hudson Hall in late 1946.
The origin of the
name “Hudson House” is still a mystery. These large wood-framed apartment
buildings, called Hudson houses, were erected early in the war by Kaiser at
their Vancouver, Washington ship yard. At the ship yard, a typical Hudson House
was home to 36 to 40 single men. As a dormitory for the college, initial plans
ranged from 386 to 500 single men.
In September 1946,
Eastern Washington College awarded a contract to Nettletson & Baldwin of
Seattle in the amount of $236,500 to move the large, five-wing, Hudson house
from Vancouver and set it up. The cost of knocking down the
structure into panels and moving it to Cheney was $230,000, construction of foundations
was $19,000, and an item for overtime of $7,500 was included to assure the
completion of two wings within 60 days, or by November 15, 1946. The entire job
was to be finished by January 1, 1947.
dormitory was erected on campus about where the central mall is today at the
ghost of the intersection of F and 9th streets. The site was formerly the PE
(Physical Education) field. It was next to Trailerville and a dining hall that
had been the mess hall at Baxter General Hospital in Spokane.
Hall was divided in 1958 between single and married students. The eastern half
of the building became Garry Hall, with seven apartments for married students.
The entire building was demolished in the late 1960s.