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Richard Owen Residence Hall (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1958-

Historical Information

Owen Hall is one of the twenty-four co-ed residence halls on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. It opened in 1957 as a men’s dormitory and was known as "H-1" until 1965 when it was renamed in honor of Purdue University’s first president, Richard Owen. In 1980, Owen Hall transitioned into becoming a co-ed residence hall. The Hussar Club operates as Owen Hall’s student government and has been active since the founding of Owen Hall. Past amenities included a cafeteria, the Busbee grill, and the WMRH radio station, which were converted into office and lounge spaces around the 1990s.


Richard Owen Residence Hall. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Accessed May 26, 2020.


UA 198, Owen Hall records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Owen Hall records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 198
Scope and Contents The Owen Hall records document the history of Owen Hall, a residence hall on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The collection includes photographs, guide books, newspaper clippings, administrative documents, and optical disks.
Dates: 1957 - 2007