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Name Rock House (WKU)
Details Other Names - Home Management House, International House
Built - ca. 1935
Cost of Construction - unknown
Architects - unknown

Little is known about the origins of the Rock House. It begins to appear on Sanborn insurance maps in the mid-1930's. The building was purchased by the university in the fall of 1946 at a cost of $28,000. It was refurbished and used as a men's dormitory. By 1949 WKU women had found a home in the Rock House. Later the building was used to house international students. They were moved out in 1996 when the Rock House was turned over to the Anthropology department. There has been talk of razing the building since 2000.

College Heights Herald

"History of Campus Buildings: Rock House," Jan. 1, 1939

"Purchase of Rock House Announced," Oct. 11, 1946

Maden, Nancy. "Rock House Has Colorful and Unusual Background," Feb. 27, 1959

Olmsted, Mikki. "International Students Leaving Their Western 'Home," Sept. 24, 1996

Pennington, Dennis. "Save the Rock House, History," editorial, Mar. 28, 2000, p. 5

Park City Daily News

Sprouse, Pat. "The Way It Was," photograph, Mar. 27, 1988

Documents & Primary Sources

UA1F Articles on Western Buildings

UA1F Rock House Vertical File

UA1C11/1 WKU Public Relations Photograph Collection - inventory

UA2 Board of Regents - Meeting Minutes

Nov. 18, 1920
Sep. 9, 1946
Sep. 28, 1946

UA3/8/1 Thomas Meredith Correspondence / Subject File

UA30/1 Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - inventory

UA121952 Talisman, p. 132

UA68/8/2 Marie Adams Oral History - transcript

UA94/6/1 Shirley Holland Papers

MSS281 Chester Travelstead Papers - inventory

Other Repositories

Hudepohl, Kate, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Oral History Commission, and Western Kentucky University. 2004. Women of the Rock House Oral History Collection.
"This collection documents the period of time, 1949-1950s, when the Rock House served as a women's dormitory at Western Kentucky University. There are 16 interviews with former dorm residents. Interviewees discuss college life, living in the dorm, and career advice they received."
Archives Entries 10
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 20

Associated Records

Image of Papers - Travelstead, Chester

Papers - Travelstead, Chester

Chiefly personal and professional correspondence, speeches, journal articles, reminiscences and news clippings of noted educator Chester Coleman Travelstead. Of particular interest are the materials related to his 1955 dismissal from the University of South Carolina owing to his stance on racial integration. Also includes correspondence and diaries of his mother Nelle (Gooch) Travelstead, long-time Western Kentucky University faculty member.

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

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

Image of Rock House Reporter [stationery] -

Rock House Reporter [stationery] -

Letterhead with a drawing of WKU's Rock House and the header: The Rock House Reporter, a newsletter to the international community at Western Kentucky University 27.9 x 21.6 cm.

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. XV, No. 8 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3808">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3808</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni News Athletics Club Notes Decade Ago on College Heights Musical Morsels Payoff with Pay Personals Society This issue contains articles: Seventeen Seniors Complete Requirements for Degrees at Close of Fall Semester Art Exhibit Shown in Cherry Hall Ferrel Hooks Killed in Plane Crash in Texas Guy Foreman Elected to Post at Physics Meeting Normal Boulevard to Be Improved

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 18, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3853">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3853</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Alumni Flashes Athletics Club - Notes Engagements - Weddings Faculty Notes Hilltopics Looking Backward Society - Personals Spikes, Cleats and Sneakers This issue contains articles: White Hussars to Appear Here Monday, Oct. 13 New Instructors Added to Staff Miss Mary Marks Visits Lashley Quadruplets - Undecided on College Announce 1941 Football Prices Lashbrook, Austin. Mrs.

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 21, No. 14 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4526">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4526</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Hilltopics Faculty Notes Alumni Notes Society - Personals Spikes Cleats & Sneakers The Service Column Alumni Flashes The Chapel Hour Sharps & Flats Accidentals Looking Backward Kentucky Building News Book Marks This issue contains articles: A.L. Crabb, S.S.Hill to Address Seniors Future Farmers of America Meets in Snell Hall Don't Take My Penny to b

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 23, No. 13, issue is misnumbered available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4544">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4544</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Veterans Views Alumni Flashes Faculty Notes Society Page Kentucky Building News Spikes, Cleats & Sneakers To the W Club Sound Off! - ROTC Book Marks This issue contains articles: Record Homecoming Crowd Expected on Oct. 26 Dr. W.R. McConnell Addresses Third District Education Association at 10 A.M. Air-ROTC Unit Here One of 76 in Entire U.S.

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 39, No. 8 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4619">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4619</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Religious News Musical Notes Hilltopics Social Activities Calendar Book Marks Kentucky Building Looking Backward Faculty Facts Society Alumni News ROTC News This issue contains articles: Western Accepts Bid to Sugar Bowl Tourney High School Senior Day Scheduled for May 1 Robinson Contest Set for March 5 Alice Chumbley is Mountain Laurel Candidate Western Grad Receive

Image of Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Western Kentucky University - Maupin, John

Campus master plan showing existing and proposed buildings published in the College Heights Herald. Larger version available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4702</a>.

Image of Rock House - Daniel, J.

Rock House - Daniel, J.

Rock House, 1st floor plan

Image of Rock House - Daniel, J.

Rock House - Daniel, J.

Rock House basement plan

Image of Rock House - Daniel, J.

Rock House - Daniel, J.

Rock House Room Layout, no #, 2nd floors, housed in OS Box 5, folder 14.

Image of WKU Aerial View - Unknown

WKU Aerial View - Unknown

Aerial view of WKU campus with image of Kelly Thompson

Image of WKU Aerial View - Unknown

WKU Aerial View - Unknown

Aerial view of WKU campus with image of Paul Garrett.

Image of WKU Aerial Drawing - Unknown

WKU Aerial Drawing - Unknown

Aerial drawing of WKU campus

Image of WKU Aerial Photo - Unknown

WKU Aerial Photo - Unknown

Aerial photograph of WKU campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

Image of Rock House - Planning, Design & Construction

Rock House - Planning, Design & Construction

Rock House floor plans UA30/1/1