Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Knight Hall

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Institution Name: Pacific University
Original/Historic Place Name: Knight Hall
Location on Campus: 2204 College Way
Date(s) of Construction:
1879original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: wood
ca. 1879private residence (second home to family of university's first president, Rev. Sydney Harper Marsh)
ca. 2004-present (2006)admissions office
n.d.academic department building (music)
n.d.Greek letter society (Phi Beta Tau fraternity house)
n.d.residence hall (co-ed)

Knight Hall was completed shortly after President Marsh's death, but his family lived in the house for many years. This Victorian house has served the university in a variety of ways as noted above and currently is home to the office of admissions. It was named after Frank L. Knight, a trustee and benefactor of the university.


Miranda, Gary, and Rick Read. Splendid Audacity, The Story of Pacific University. Forest Grove, OR: Pacific University, 2000.

On Your Own Two Feet, A Self-Guided Tour of Our Historic Campus. Pamphlet. Forest Grove, OR: Pacific University, 2003.


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