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Mechanical Engineering Building (West Lafayette, Ind. : 1894)



  • Existence: 1894

Historical Information

The first Mechanical Engineering Building, also known as Heavilon Hall, opened in 1894. The building burned down on January 23, 1894, just four days after the dedication. The day after the fire, president James H. Smart said, "We are looking this morning to the future, not the past ... I tell you, young men, that tower shall go up one brick higher." Using money from donations and other forms of funding, the building was rebuilt for $148,102 and was nine bricks higher than the original.


Heavilon Hall. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed September 20, 2019.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Purdue University Newsreels and Year in Review recordings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 65
Scope and Contents The Purdue Newsreel began in 1956 as a yearly film, and later video, review of university events of the previous year. Contents of each recording focus upon academics, student activities, campus structures, athletics, and special events. One silent film, circa 1943-1945, is also included in the collection. In 2013, the Purdue Newsreel was renamed the Purdue Year in Review.
Dates: 1943 - 2019; Majority of material found within 1955 - 2019