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Title UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 13. Cherry Hall
Creator WKU Archives
Description Images of the Cherry Hall.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Print, Photographic
Year Range From 1937
Admin / Biog History Date Built - 1937
Cost of Construction - $609,000
Gross Square Feet - 97,666 (1969)
Architects - Brinton Davis, Louisville
Namesake - Henry Hardin Cherry, 1864-1937

The original Cherry Hall was a building owned by Tom Williams. It was leased at $25 per month for a period of 3 years to serve as a dormitory. A dining room was added in 1908 at a cost of $1500 partially paid for by the residents through rent.

The current Cherry Hall was built on the site of Recitation Hall which was originally Potter College, an all women's college in the late 1800's, The building was dedicated on Founders Day, Nov. 16, 1937. Cherry died August 1 before the dedication. The three story building has a "temple front and columns of the Ionic order" [Historic Architecture at Western Kentucky University]. It has two wings that extend at the back of the building. When it was first built, the building was used for all academic classes, chemistry and physics department laboratories, and the college bookstore, post office and various other offices.


1957 - Chimes were installed in the tower at Cherry Hall. The 25 chimes "could be played manually in room 301 of Cherry Hall. Their tones were picked up by microphone and transferred to speakers in the towers. [Cherry Hall Chimes] They sounded on the half and quarter-hours. On the hour the Westminster chime sounds.

1960 - exits remodeled

1965 - new lighting

1973 - new rear entrance, elevator and electronic carillon chimes installed
System of Arrangement Images are arranged alphabetically and numerically.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Cherry Hall (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials Images with UA1C2.13 prefix
UA1C11.1 - Public Relations images
UA1C11.6 - Leon Garrett images
UA30.1.2 - Planning, Design & Construction Building File
Catalog Number UA1C2.13
Copyrights Check individual images for copyright restrictions.
Dates of Creation 1937-present
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Credit line WKU Archives
Extent 16 folders, 4 oversize folders, 2 negatives
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA1C2
Level of Description Subseries
Disciplines Photography
Construction Engineering
Containers Cherry Hall - Bookstore
Cherry Hall - Interior
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Cherry Hall - Cupola
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Cherry Hall - Construction
Cherry Hall - Architectural Renderings
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