University Historic District Walking Tour, Eastern Washington University

The Benjamin P Cheney Academy was the seed that grew into Washington's first Normal School for training teachers, Eastern Washington College of Education, EWSC, to EWU. The central campus is a national historic district with it's fine brick buildings. We have included several iconic buildings that have now vanished from the campus. As you tour the campus, you can imagine student life of those eras.

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1908 Normal Training School
The Training School served as both a regular elementary school for Cheney and a hands-on training facility for the student-teachers of the Normal School.
1923 Sutton Hall
With an influx of male students after World War I, the Normal School needed additional housing for men. A group of Cheney businessmen used private bond funding to erect a new men's dormitory. In honor of the service William J. Sutton had given to the school and the community, they dedicated the new hall in his name on September 21, 1923.
1916 Manual Arts Building
A rather plain, functional style building that has been extensively remodeled outside and in, the Manual Arts building opened in the Fall of 1916.
1937 Martin Hall/Laboratory School
By 1930, growth in student population and changes in technology had the Board of Trustees looking for the means to replace the old Normal Training School. The Great Depression meant there was little money available from the state legislature. But in 1935, the federal Public Works Administration approved the Trustees' proposal, and work began. Martin Hall was dedicated to Cheney native, Governor Clarence D. Martin on April 6 1937 during a two-day education conference held in the building. The hall contained the new Laboratory School for teacher training.
Red Barn
The Red Barn was built in 1884 by William Bigham for the father of Nellie Hutchinson. She was a teacher at the Normal School who married William J. Sutton in March 1897, shortly after they both resigned from the school. The barn was part of their farmstead. Along with extensive wheat land, Sutton also bred horses for racing.
1948 Memorial Field House
The Memorial Field House, a former World War II Navy drill hall, was dedicated October 30, 1948. The facility included a swimming pool in the south end, a large area for physical education activities, a basketball court, and gymnastics area, as well as a dirt floor track at the north end.
1948 Rowles Music Hall
The one-story music building opened in 1948
1947 Hudson Hall
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 WWII attending school on the G.I. Bill.
1958 Garry Hall
Garry Hall was created out of the eastern half of Hudson Hall to house married students and a few single women students.
The post World War II housing shortage for married veterans coming to Eastern Washington College on the the GI Bill was behind the creation of Trailerville. This on-campus mobile home park served 60 - 75 families in somewhat primitive conditions for just over a decade.
Normal School Gardens
From the very early days of Cheney's academy and Normal school, there was a garden tended by the students. The garden provided vegetables for the school kitchen, as well as hands-on learning and civic participation for the students.
Monroe Hall 1916
Monroe Hall was the first dormitory built at the Normal school. It was dedicated February 4, 1916, and housed about 90 women. At this time, the majority of students were women, as teaching was one of the few professions open to single women. The hall was named for Mrs. Mary Monroe, who was appointed to the Normal School Board of Trustees in 1913 by Governor Ernest Lister. She served as president of the board.
President's House
The Georgian Colonial style house was completed in 1929, and Hargreaves and his wife, Edna "Rose" Morrow Hargreaves were the first to make it their home. The President's House was occupied by succeeding school Presidents until 1987. It was then used as a faculty club, as well as a special events venue for both the college and community. Weddings, receptions, and other special occasions were held in the renamed University House until 1998. In the summer of that year, President Stephen Jordan and his wife moved into the President's House, returning it to its historic use.
1940 Hargreaves Hall
In 1926, following the resignation of Noah D. Showalter, Richard T. Hargreaves was offered the job of President of the Cheney Normal School, which he accepted. During his term, the school gained the right to offer a four year bachelor of arts degree, and it became Eastern Washington College of Education. Despite the difficult years of the Depression, Hargreaves guided the institution through a period of steady growth. With the help of federal Works Progress Administration grants, he was able to manage the construction of two major buildings, Martin Hall and, his most cherished project, the new library. The double dedication ceremony on June 4, 1940, was an historic occasion for the school. Hargreaves Hall and Showalter Hall remain as fitting memorials to two men who brought the school through uncertain times and into the modern era. After the Kennedy Library opened in 1967, Hargreaves Hall was used as classroom and office space. In 2009, a significant remodel and expansion project returned much of the original historical character to the building, while the new section at the rear of the building blended materials and design.
1920 Senior Hall
Senior Hall was dedicated as the second women's dormitory on July 9, 1920. While today there is a walkway, in the early days, D Street and automobile traffic passed in front of the building. The hall was used as a dormitory until 1971.

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