Monday, April 22, 2013

History of Buildings on Kansas State University Campus

Note: This information was taken from the College of Agriculture - Spring 2013 AgReport Magazine.  Pictures and more information on the buildings were taken from Kansas State University's website,

My husband and I receive the AgReport from Kansas State University.  A lot of times when this magazine comes I always have the intention to read it but very rarely does that actually get accomplished.

This time I picked it up and was flipping through the pages when I stumbled onto an article found on page 6.  It is called Then and Now, A brief history of how campus buildings relate to agriculture.

I found the following information pretty neat, as I have spent some time in each of these building on campus.

Ahearn is named after Michael F. Ahearn, who was the second "winningest" football coach behind Bill Synder.  In 1911, Mr. Ahearn accepted a position as a horticulture professor, focusing primarily on ornamental horticulture.  The Scottish ivy growing on walls of some campus buildings was planted in the Ahearn era. Ahearn Field House is now used for volleyball, track, tennis and various other activities.

Anderson Hall was called the Practical Agriculture Building of the Main College Building until 1902, when it was named for John A. Anderson, university president from 1873 to 1879.

Call Hall (my favorite hall because of the amazing ice cream made there) is named for Leland Everett Call, who came to K-State in 1907 as an assistant in the Department of Agronomy.  He served as assistant and associate professor of soils, head of the department from 1913 to 1925, and dean of agriculture and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1925 to 1945.

Shellenberger Hall
The Milling Technology building was completed in 1960 to replace the milling department equipment and facilities destroyed by the 1957 fire in East Waters.  The building was named Shellenberger Hall in honor of John A. Shellenberger, who was head of the Department of Milling Industry from 1945 to 1970.  According to a 1961 Manhattan Mercury article, the milling stones at the east entrance of Shellenber Hall were probably from an old mill at Lindsborg and given to the university around 1917.  Shellenberger Hall is home to the Department of Grain Science and Industry as well as the International Grains Program.

Weber Hall (I spent most of my college career in the halls of Weber)
Arthur Weber was appointed to acting president of the university in 1957, the same year that Weber Hall was completed.  The building was named for him in 1964.  Weber was often referred to as Dad Weber, a name he acquired as a senior in high school because his classmates often asked him for advice.  Weber Hall contains Weber Arena and has specialized research and teaching laboratories primarily in the meats area. There are also labs for reproductive psychology.

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