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Bunker Hill Dormitories for Women (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1947 - 1954

Historical Information

The Bunker Hill dormitories were originally Bachelor Officers' Quarters (B.O.Q.'s) and barracks located at the Bunker Hill Naval Air Station in Peru, Indiana (now Grissom Air Reserve Base). They were relocated to Purdue University to fill the need for additional living quarters and classroom facilities. The two buildings were designated as dormitories for women and were erected north of Third street on the intramural fields. The total cost of relocating all of the Bunker Hill dormitories was $234,589.07.

These temporary dormitories were built to meet the growing need of the university after World War II. Female enrollment largely increased between 1944 - 1945 leading to overcrowding at the university. After the war, many students were also married and wanted to live with their families. This made grouping of students into dormitories more difficult and increased the need for apartments at the university.


Bunker Hill Dormitories for Women. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed April 22, 2020.