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Owen Hall, Addition and Annex

UMC Owen Hall Building PhotoThe Owen Hall complex is perhaps best known as the home base for UMC's programs in Agronomy, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. Students also make use of the Academic Success and Writing Center, as well as the Disability Resource Center located on the second floor addition. Visiting students and their families begin their campus tours in the Office of Admissions on the first floor addition.

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Owen Hall Stairwell and Display Cases

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UMC Sidney M. OwenOwen Hall is the oldest building still standing on the UMC campus. It was built in 1908. Ag engineering laboratories originally occupied the first floor of the building. Classrooms and labs for business training, farm engineering, and carpentry were located on the second floor. Work rooms also provided space for the general mechanic and the bus driver.

Owen Hall is named after Sidney M. Owen, who was a member of the U of M Board of Regents in the early 1900s. Owen was a prominent man in agriculture at the time. Not only did he serve as editor of the agricultural journal Farm, Stock and Home, but he also was a populist candidate for governor of Minnesota in the 1890s.

In the late Sixties Owen Hall was renovated. The building was remodeled to house agriculture laboratories and classrooms for students and faculty in the Agronomy, Horticulture, Art, and Natural Resources departments.

The "Addition" was constructed in 1969. The Addition, connected to the north portion of the building, houses several of the mechanized agriculture offices, laboratories, and classrooms.

UMC Owen Hall Building Layout with AdditionsThe Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) established itself on campus in 1991. AURI moved into new offices in the Owen Hall Annex in 1994. The organization also uses some lab space on the east side of Owen Addition.

In 1999 one of the bays in the Owen Addition was remodeled to create the UMC Student One-Stop Service Center. On the first floor, admissions, financial aid, and registrar services were brought together in one convenient area. On the second floor, Counseling and Career Services, Disability Services, the Academic Success Center, and Student Support Services came together.


* Photo of S.M. Owen courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society


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