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Name Wetherby Hall (WKU)
Details Built - 1967
Dedicated - October 14, 1967
Cost of Construction - $1 million
Gross Square Feet - over 54,000
Architects - Lee Potter Smith & Associates

Namesake: Lawrence Wetherby born Jan. 2, 1908 in Middletown, Kentucky to Samuel and Fanny (Yenowine) Wetherby. His father was a doctor and a farmer. Wetherby attended the University of Louisville where he obtained a degree in law. He went on to serve in the Jefferson County court system. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1947 and became the forty-eighth governor when Gov. Earle Clements became Kentucky's U.S. senator. Wetherby went on to serve Kentucky in the state senate from 1966 to 1968. Upon leaving public service, Wetherby obtained a position at Brighton Engineering where he became a vice-president. He died March 27, 1994.

History: The Wetherby Administration Building was constructed to provide a larger space for the administrative units of WKU. The building opened in September 1967 and housed the offices of the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Graduate School, Undergraduate Instruction, Registrar, Admissions, Public Affairs, Student Affairs, Business Affairs and the Computer Center. It is a four story building and contains sixty-nine offices, work spaces and conference rooms.

College Heights Herald

Administration Building Serves Student Needs, Aug. 27, 1974, p. 3A
Functional Design Keynotes Administration Building, Oct. 14, 1967, p. 3
Low Bid on Building is $366,250, Feb. 24, 1965, p. 2
Wetherby Administration Building Provides Services for Students, Aug. 26, 1975, p. 15B
Wetherby Administration Building, photograph, Sept. 21, 1967, p. 5
Wetherby Administration Building, sketch, Sept. 30, 1965, p. 21

Park City Daily News:
Administration Building, photograph, Aug. 6, 1967
Construction Bids High; All Rejected, Oct. 8, 1965
Construction of Western's New Administration Building, photograph, Oct. 30, 1966
Hightower, Paul. "It's the season," photograph, Dec. 7, 1972
New Administration Building, photograph, Sept. 26, 1965
Tightrope Walker, photograph, Oct. 30, 1966
Two Building Projects Underway at Western, Oct. 30, 1966 - Wetherby & Florence Schneider Hall
Union Employees Return to WKU Construction Jobs, May 4, 1967
Upsy-Daisy, photograph, Oct. 30, 1966
WKU Exec Building, photographs, Aug. 6, 1967
Western University's $1 Million Administration Building, photograph, Jan. 22, 1967
Work Halted on 3 WKU Projects, June 16, 1967
Work Resumes on Western Projects, June 20, 1967

Other Sources:
"As High As It Goes," Louisville Courier-Journal, photograph Feb. 13, 1967.
"Building Boom at Colleges Keeps Growing," Aug. 21, 1966
"Occupied in September, 1967," Central City Times-Argus, photograph, 1967
"Western President Reveals College Plans for Future," Jan. 6, 1965

Documents & Primary Sources

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection

Administrators - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/68/
Campus Views - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/25/
Dedications - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/30/
Public Relations Photographs - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/38/
Wetherby Administration Building - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/26/

UA2 Board of Regents Meeting Minutes

August 4, 1966 - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/1966/qtrly/4/

Functional Design Keynotes Administration Building
Modern and functional design keynotes the new Lawrence Wetherby Administration Building

The rectangular, four-story structure provides the University with office space for all of the school's major administrators.

The building, constructed at a cost of slightly over one million dollars, houses the office fo the president, vide president for academic affairs, vice president for administrative affairs, dean of public affairs, dean of students, dean of men, dean of women, registrar, director of admissions, the business office and computer center. Also included are mailing rooms, a loading deck [sic], concessions areas and a service elevator.

The structure not only fulfills present physical requirements but has been designed to meet any increased needs in the future.

The completely air-conditioned building contains a total of 54,000 square feet of floor space, including 69 offices, work rooms and conference rooms.

The new structure is named in honor of Lawrence W. Wetherby, former governor of Kentucky.

Wetherby was born Jan. 2, 1908 in Middletown. He graduated in 1929 from the University of Louisville.

Showing an interest in young people, Wetherby served as attorney for the Jefferson County Juvenile Court from 1933 to 1937, and from 1943 until 1947 he was judge of the Juvenile Court of Jefferson County.

Wetherby was elected lieutenant governor in 1947, and served until 1950 at which time he succeeded Earle C. Clements as governor. He served as chief executive until 1955. He is past secretary of the Kentucky State Democratic Central Executive Committee and a member of both the Kentucky and Louisville Bar Associations.

Wetherby is married to the former Helen Dwyer. They have three children: Lawrence Jr., Suzanne and Barbara.
Archives Entries 14
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 1
Photograph Entries 61

Associated Records

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

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.

Image of UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 4. Construction File - WKU President's Office - Thompson

Construction file regarding construction of new buildings, renovation of existing buildings and bond issues during Kelly Thompson's tenure as WKU President.

Image of UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

UA1B University Wide Committees/Events 1. Events 7. Ceremonies, Dedications, Groundbreakings - Western Kentucky University

Records regarding special ceremonies, dedications, groundbreakings not already housed in a particular office.

Image of UA1B2/1/5 Charles Anderson Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/5 Charles Anderson Oral History Interview - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paula Trafton with Charles Anderson, retired Vice President for Information Technology.

Image of UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

UA1B2/1/8 Owen Lawson Oral History Interview Part I - Western Kentucky University

Interview conducted by Paul Trafton with Owen Lawson former WKU Physical Plant director.

Image of College Heights Herald  - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 72, No. 36 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3028">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/3028</a>. Issue is mis-numbered as No. 4. WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Just a Second Campus Line For the Record / Crime Reports People Poll Sports Diversions Movie Reviews Classifieds Articles in this issue: Lenz, Rebecca. Jim Ramsey Considering Northern Kentucky University Post Stamper, John. Hilltopper Athletic Club Names Coordinator - Deborah Gregory Olmsted, Mikki. Professor Released, May Not Return to Teach This Semester -

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 College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 45, No. 14 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4680">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4680</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Regular features include: Tops in the Social Whirl Religious News Hilltopics Alumni News Coming Events Calendar Faculty Facts Al Stilley on Sports Intramural Corner This issue contains articles: Talisman Dance Swings Informal City Thank You Celebration Slated on Hilltop Saturday Enrollment Jumps 14.8% for Spring Student-Produced Program to be Televised Tomorrow Graduation Schedules New Look University St

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4724">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4724</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Speakers Announced for Lecture Series Graduate School Expands Program Herald Wins Top Honors in Typography Contest Associated Student Government Events Set Herald Sets First With Early Edition Dr. Kelly Thompson, William Menser Welcome Students Community Concerts Planned Recent Construction Changes Face of Campus - Thompson Science Complex, Wetherby, Keen Hall, L.T. Smith Stadium Housing Improvem

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 3 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4730">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4730</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: WKU Enrollment Soars to 10,149 Dedication Oct. 14 for New Buildings - Grise Hall, Helm Library, Taylor Agricultural Center, Bemis Lawrence Hall, Wetherby Hall, Barnes-Campbell Hall, Rodes-Harlin Hall, Hardin Planetarium, Thompson Science Complex Fellowships Available for Top Scholars Frosh Elections Initiate Policy for Voting Another Breakthrough for Greeks; Sorority Housing Is Approved Red Towels t

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 47, No. 6 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4727">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4727</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Hilltop Highlight - Campus Commemoration Barnes-Campbell Twin to Bemis Lawrence Dorm Honors Sheridan Barnes, Don Campbell Functional Design Keynotes Wetherby Administration Building Homecoming Theme Chosen Thompson Science Complex Expands for Student Needs Planetarium Honors Hardin Thompson; Former Staffer Today's Issue Many Ways Special Greeting from Chairmen of Dedication Celebration Pre-ca

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 50, No. 1 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5025">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5025</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Campus Map Tewell, Terry. Student Recreation Provided Wethington, Jay. Library Complex Offers Wide Selection to Students Administration Building Serves Student Needs Spare Time Center on Hill Burchett, Roger. This is Not What You'd Call a Regular Army Outfit McCoy, Morris. Kentucky Building Reflects History Collins, Don. Athletic Facilities Are Open to Students Refrigerators Still Available Pa

Image of Freshman Orientation - Student Affairs (WKU)

Freshman Orientation - Student Affairs (WKU)

Freshman Orientation issue available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5157">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5157</a> Special edition of the College Heights Herald for incoming freshmen. CLEP Tests Can Cut Class Loads Leake, Betsy. Office Represents the Interests of Students - Student Affairs Mami, Alfina. Campus Libraries Increase Resources Adams, Anne. Off-Campus Activities Are Varied Bond, Beverly. University Is Sponsoring Fine Arts Festival Community College Expands Programs and Curriculum Bond, Beverly. Honors Program Develops Ideas Skees, Janet. Most Organizations Are Open to Freshmen Post Office Located in Garrett Center Ma

Image of Purse - Purse

Purse - Purse

Box purse decorated with decoupage scenes from Western Kentucky University , i.e. Hardin Planetarium, Ivan Wilson Center for Fine Arts, Raymond Cravens Graduate Center, Lawrence Weatherby Administration Building, Faculty House, Gordon Wilson Hall, Smith Stadium, Old President's Home - Alumni Center and E. A. Diddle Arena. Metal hasp and handle. The interior is lined in red velvet, and an oval mirror is affixed to the back of the lid.

Image of Aerial View - Unknown

Aerial View - Unknown

Aerial photograph of WKU campus, OS Box 30 Folder 4.

Image of Aerial View - Davis, Billy

Aerial View - Davis, Billy

Aerial photograph of WKU campus, autographed by Billy Davis, OS Box 30 Folder 4.

Image of Aerial View - MacDonald, Arthur

Aerial View - MacDonald, Arthur

Aerial photograph of WKU campus.

Image of Wetherby Administration Building - Unknown

Wetherby Administration Building - Unknown

Architectural rendering of Wetherby Administration Building