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Marsh Hall was named for Pacific University's first president, Rev. Sydney Harper Marsh, who served from 1854 to 1879. The building has a distinctive history of service to the University community. The exterior stonework comes from the old Boos quarry near Gaston. This stone was also used on the Pioneer Post Office in downtown Portland, also designed by Whidden & Lewis.
In March 1975, a fire destroyed the interior of the building. It was restored and modernized over a two-year period.
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.