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Title UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 75. Snell Hall
Creator WKU Archives
Description Images of Snell Hall which was part of Ogden College.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Print, Photographic
Year Range From 1926
Admin / Biog History Date Built - 1924
Date Razed - October 2005
Cost of construction - $85,000
Architect - Brinton B. Davis

Namesake - The building was named after Commodore Perry Snell (born 1869) of St. Petersburg, Fl. who was a former student of the Ogden College. "Mr. Snell has been a life-long friend of Western and has made many valuable contributions to the institution, which includes art collections and museum pieces now in the Kentucky Museum."(Snell Hall, 2-10-39) He was also a very successful real estate developer.

History - When the building was first opened, it was used by the Ogden College until 1928 when the college was "consolidated with Western." Located at the east of the building was an Italian Garden which was also made possible by a donation from Mr. Snell. The garden was added in 1929 and was designed by Henry Wright. The building was dedicated on Nov. 19, 1924. The building had recitation rooms, lab space and a 500 seat auditorium. The hall was used by the biology and agriculture departments.

In 2002, plans to raze the building began because it was would have been too expensive to remodel it. The building was put on the "Endangered Historic Places" list. The building was on the National Register of Historic Places. President Ransdall agreed that if enough money could be raised by The Ogden Foundation for renovations, then the building would be kept. However, the money was not raised and the building was torn down in order to make way for a new science building.
At one time, it was the only building of the Italian Renaissance style, here in Bowling Green that was open to the public.


1959- the building was completely renovated
System of Arrangement Images are arranged alphabetically and numerically.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Snell Hall (WKU)
Ogden College (Bowling Green, KY)
Ogden College of Science & Engineering (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials Images with UA1C2.75 prefix
UA30.1.2 - Planning, Design & Construction, Building File
UA97 - Ogden College Records
Catalog Number UA1C2.75
Copyrights Check individual images for copyright restrictions.
Dates of Creation 1926
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Credit line WKU Archives
Extent 4 folders, oversize, 9 negatives, 11 slides
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1C2
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Photography
Containers Snell Hall
Snell Hall
Snell Hall - Slides
Snell Hall
Snell Hall
Snell Hall
Snell Hall
Snell Hall
Snell Hall