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American University

Early Buildings

Murdock Davis House

The Murdock Davis Farmhouse in 1897 on the site of American University.

Hurst Hall Parade to McKinley Cornerstone Laying

Hurst Hall was the first building on campus to be completed.  It was finished in 1898.

McKinley Building - Fixed Nitrogen Laboratory

McKinley was the second building on campus.  Construction began in 1905.

The Amphitheater

The amphitheater was one of the earliest constructions on campus, shown here in 1916 with Hurst Hall in the background.

University Hall (Mary Graydon Center)

Mary Graydon Center was begun during WWI to be used as science labs.  However, the war ended before construction was over and it eventually opened in the 1925 as a women's dormitory.