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Creator WKU Archives
Title UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 63. Potter Hall
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Print, Photographic
Year Range From 1920
Description Images of Potter Hall.
Admin / Biog History Date Built - 1921
Cost of construction -$233,407
Architects - D.X. Murphy and Co. and Brashear and Cohill

Namesake - The building was named after J. Whit Potter (1851-1923). He was born in Warren County and was a regent of Western KY State Normal School. He was also the President of the American National Bank and Potter-Matlock Trust Company.

History - When the 3-story building was built in 1921 it was originally a women's dorm that housed 175. Dedicated on June 21, 1921, the cost to live there was $8.50 a month. It also had a 300 seat cafeteria for the girls to dine at. From 1942 until the end of 1943, air cadets occupied the building. In 1949, the dorm was converted for a women's dorm into a men's dorm. In 1957 Potter Hall went back to a girl's dorm because of two new men's dorms that were built. In 1994 (approximately), the building was renovated into an office building. Offices included admissions, financial aid, counseling services, career services, and the registrar.

Additions:
1949 - converted from a women's dorm into a men's dorm

1955 - 35 new rooms added in the cafeteria's space; new lighting, new wood facings, new flooring

1957 - new furniture for the rooms, rooms were redecorated, bathrooms were retiled, lobby was rebuilt, and new entrance was installed for use as women's dorm

1994 - renovated and made into an office building; the cost was $3.5 million
System of Arrangement Images are arranged alphabetically and numerically.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Potter Hall (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/26/
Related Materials Images with UA1C2.63 prefix
UA30.1.2 - Planning, Design & Construction, Building File
Catalog Number UA1C2.63
Copyrights Check individual images for copyright restrictions.
Dates of Creation 1920
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Credit line WKU Archives
Extent 5 folders, 3 glass plates, 8 negatives
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1C2
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Photography
Containers Potter Hall
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