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Name Diddle Dorm (WKU)
Details Other Names:
Underwood Family Home
Thomas Family Home
Girl's Dormitory
Men's Dormitory
Basketball Dormitory

Date Built - 1900
Date Razed - 1994
Dimensions - 39'1" x 35'
Gross Square Feet - 6,320 (1969)

Rooms:
10 dormitory rooms
2 one-family dwelling
2 lounges
12 custodial areas
2 mechanical rooms

Architects - Robert Underwood

History:
Originally the building was home to Richard Underwood, who designed it. Western Kentucky University acquired the house in 1923.

"One of the most versatile buildings on the Hill, Diddle's Dorm, which was originally a private home, was purchased by Western and became the home of the Music Department until the present Music building was constructed. Used as a girls' dormitory it was known as the "Little Dorm" during World War II when the air cadets had preempted both girls' dormitories. In 1944, the building became an athletics' dormitory managed by Coach E.A. Diddle and rechristened "Diddle Dorm." [Talisman, 1949] In the earlier days there were classrooms that were used for English, History, Education and Music. When it became "Diddle Dorm" in 1950, Coach Diddle and his wife lived in the front part of the building while most of his players lived in the back. Diddle lived in the house until his death in 1970. Mrs. Diddle lived there until 1978. In 1978, after renovations had been made, the front of the house became the team manager's apartment. Players lived in the dorm until 1994. The building was razed in the summer of 1994 due to termites. "Diddle Park" was created on the site. Stones from the house were reused to make steps and benches.

Namesake:
Edgar Allen Diddle was born at Gradyville, Kentucky March 12, 1895 to John A. and Mary Elizabeth Hughes Diddle. After his early education at Columbia, Kentucky, Diddle entered Centre College at Danville in 1915 where he excelled in football and basketball. He served in the Naval Aviation program during WWI, returning to Centre in 1918. He left again in 1920 to begin his coaching career at Monticello High School. In 1921 he coached at Greenville High School. On September 7, 1922, he joined the staff at Western as athletic director and coach of all sports. He relinquished his duties as head football coach in 1929 and of baseball in 1956.

Diddle married Margaret Louise Monin December 27, 1923. The couple had two children, Edgar Allen Diddle Jr. and Mary Jo Diddle Phillips. E.A. Diddle, Sr. died January 2, 1970.

College Heights Herald:
1940 January 19, p. 1
1943 October 8, p. 1
1961 November 8, p. 2
1978 September 21 p. 1
1979 November 1, p. 5

Park City Daily News:
1994 June 1, p. 1; June 28 letter to editor; July 20

Louisville Courier-Journal Magazine:
Creason, Joe. "Diddle Dorm," February 19, 1950.

Books and Papers:
Harbison, Robert. "The Strange Little Stone House: The History of the Underwood Home - 1529 State Street," Folk Studies 464, Fall 1992. Available in Folklife Archives - FA160.

Talisman - 1949 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/364/

Documents & Primary Sources:
UA2 Board of Regents Meeting Minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/

1978 - April 29
1993 - March 12

UA30/1/1 Planning, Design & Construction - Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Collection Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/
Archives Entries 4
Library Entries 2
Object Entries 0
Photograph Entries 28

Associated Records

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UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

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UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 20, No. 15 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4511">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4511</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Hilltopics Looking Backward The Chapel Hour Alumni Flashes Weddings - Engagements Personals Music Notes Daily Doings The Service Column Spikes, Cleats & Sneakers Faculty Notes Here and There Quotable Quotes This issue contains articles: Mark Ethridge, Dr. S.S. Hill to Speak to Seniors 15 Schools Represented at Music Festival Senior Propose New Plan Cla

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Summer Calendar Revised Remember When? The Downing Years J.T. Sanderfur Presides Over Teacher Ed 1978 Big Red Letter Day at Western Athletes Return to 'Diddle Dorm' Photo Students Document LBL Faculty Couple Searcher for Quasar Data Jim Burton - Photojournalist Bankers Study Consumer Regs BU Grads Hold Reunion Henderson Club Hosts Five County Meeting Marion-Washington County Paul Just Returns Triumphant Gary Ransdell Announces Four New Clubs Cantlers Host ET Club After WKU Victory Loyal Alum Bernandie Steele The Rue Dynasty Carries On NASA Grants Aid Faculty in Research Western Will Join Project to Aid Rural Ecuadorians Hockney, Richard Hockney, Karen Parker, Jerry Harr

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Western Alumnus - WKU Alumni Relations

Wanted: Your Memories Dr. John Minton Named Interim President An Emotion-Filled Thanks for Harriet and Dero Downing C. Ray Franklin Gives Priceless Antiques for Display at Kentucky Museum An Iranian Ordeal for Carlton Jackson Larry Cuzzort Blazes to Two-Mile Record Speech Clinic Gets New Quarters Western Offers Courses for Study Abroad Med Tech Students Study in Rural Areas Western Grads Lead With Texas Instruments Courses in Great Britain Planned This Summer Virus Study Dr. Norman Holy Wins First Patent for Western Western Holsteins Top Statistics for Production Gary Winship: A Hobby Worth a Thousand Words Louisville Club Hosts High School Open House Tri-State Club Attends Hi

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Diddle Dorm House -

Glass plate negative image showing the building of the home of Robert and Emma Underwood that was located at 1529 State Street in Bowling Green, KY. Identified are: Bess Underwood, in the white dress and William Alexander "Alex" Obenchain in the window. The house would later become Diddle Dorm. See also: 1975.27.23 for additional cabinet photographs. From University Archives: "When it became "Diddle Dorm" in 1950, Coach Diddle and his wife lived in the front part of the building while most of his players lived in the back. Diddle lived in the house until his death in 1970. Mrs. Diddle lived there until 1978. In 1978, after renovations had been made, the front of the house became the team man

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Aerial view of WKU campus with image of Kelly Thompson

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Aerial view of WKU campus with image of Paul Garrett.

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Birds-eye view of WKU campus includes Rural Training School, Heating Plant, Schneider Hall, Potter Hall, Van Meter Hall, Gordon Wilson Hall, Recitation Hall, Cedar House, Stadium, Colonnade, Industrial Arts Building, Home Economics Building, Diddle Dorm, College High, College Heights Foundation, Home Management House, Ogden Hall and Snell Hall.

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WKU Aerial View - Unknown

Aerial view of Western Kentucky University.

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Aerial view of Western Kentucky University.

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Diddle Dorm - Unknown

Diddle Dorm from the back.

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Diddle Dorm - Unknown

Entrance to Diddle Dorm.

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WKU Campus View - Unknown

View of campus buildings including Cedar House, Home Economics Building, Diddle Dorm and College High.

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WKU Campus View - Aero-Graphic Corporation

Aerial view of WKU showing the Music Builidng, Stadium, Physical Education Building, Industrial Education Building, Home Economics Building, College High, Diddle Dorm, Cedar House, Cherry Hall, Gordon Wilson Hall, Van Meter Hall, Potter Hall, Schneider Hall, Craig Alumni House, Kentucky Building, Heating Plant, Ogden Hall and Snell Hall.

Image of WKU Campus View - Aero-Graphic Corporation

WKU Campus View - Aero-Graphic Corporation

Aerial view of WKU showing the Music Builidng, Stadium, Physical Education Building, Industrial Education Building, Home Economics Building, College High, Diddle Dorm, Cedar House, Cherry Hall, Gordon Wilson Hall, Van Meter Hall, Potter Hall, Schneider Hall, Craig Alumni House, Kentucky Building, Heating Plant, Ogden Hall and Snell Hall.

Image of WKU Campus View - Curt Teich & Co., Inc.

WKU Campus View - Curt Teich & Co., Inc.

Aerial view of College Hill, Bowling Green, KY showing the Rural Training School, Stadium, Industrial Education Building, Home Economics Building, Physical Education Building, Cedar House, College High, Ogden Hall, Snell Hall, Cherry Hall, Gordon Wilson Hall, Van Meter Hall, Kentucky Building, Potter Hall and Schneider Hall.