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Title UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 31. Garrett Conference Center
Creator WKU Archives
Description Images of Garrett Conference Center.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Print, Photographic
Year Range From 1951
Admin / Biog History Other names of building - Paul L. Garrett Student Center, Student Union Building
Date Built - began 1952, completed in 1953
Cost of construction - $700,000
Expansion - $1.2 million
Architects - J. Maurice Ingram and John F. Wilson of Louisville and Lexington

Namesake - Paul Loos Garrett was born in Waddy, Shelby County, Kentucky, on November 2, 1893. He earned an A.B. degree at Georgetown (KY) College in 1914 majoring in history and political science and an M.A. in 1935 in psychology and education. He did more graduate work at the University of Chicago and the University of Kentucky. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. from Georgetown College in 1938. After a brief stint in the army during World War I he went on to teach at several high schools throughout Kentucky, becoming superintendent of city schools at Versailles in 1924. In February 1937 Garrett took a leave of absence to serve in A.B. Chandler's administration as director of the Division of Personnel Efficiency. [Harrison, p. 110]

History - "The completely air-conditioned Paul L. Garrett Student Center provides the Western campus with approximately three times its former space for student activities. The ground floor contains two cafeterias and accompanying kitchen facilities. Combined seating capacity for the two cafeterias is six-hundred and ninety-three. The first and second floors house fourteen meeting rooms, three conference rooms, the Snack Bar, Post Office, Center Store, Memorial Room and Faculty Room. One of the most magnificent features of the new structure is the Ballroom on the second floor, a spacious room that seats approximately one thousand for banquets and provides a beautiful setting for student dances and other activities." [The Paul L. Garrett Student Center open house, Oct. 23, 1965]

1964 - expansion to triple the size began; additions to the lower level and to the 3rd floor, cafeteria was enlarged (app. $1.2 million)
System of Arrangement Images are arranged alphabetically and numerically.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Garrett Conference Center (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials Images with UA1C2.31 prefix
UA30.1.2 - Planning, Design & Construction, Building File
Catalog Number UA1C2.31
Copyrights Check individual images for copyright restrictions.
Dates of Creation 1951
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Credit line WKU Archives
Extent 12 folders, 16 negatives, 6 slides
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1C2
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Photography
Containers Garrett Conference Center
Garrett Conference Center
Garrett Conference Center
Garrett Conference Center
Garrett Conference Center