|Ordway Hall, ca. 1931 - Murray, Ky.|
Photo: Murray State University Special Collections & Archives, File No. RG002-11-39
|Entrance to Ordway Hall - Murray, Ky.|
Photo: Tripp Scott.
Dunn cited a tight campus budget in arguing that the estimated renovation costs, in excess of $10 million, were too great for the University to bear.
So Murray State paid about $2 million to demolish a piece of its history.
The building was one of the oldest on Murray State's central campus, though it falls just outside the boundaries of the National Register file on the Murray State campus.
|Postcard of Ordway Hall - Murray State University - Murray, Ky.|
Source: Billy's Postcards
Back in Calloway County, the contract for the building was awarded on April 10, 1930 to W.M. Hill & Son of Benton, Ky. Exclusive of furnishings, the total cost to construct was $106,765. It was originally used as a men's dormitory when it opened in 1931, except the men were moved to Wells Hall and the female students moved in during World War II when naval units utilized the campus.
When the Board of Regents voted in December 2011 to approve demolition unless outside funds were made available to rehabilitate Ordway Hall, the vote was 9-1. The lone dissenting vote was from Marilyn Buchanon who remarked
I would like to say that this building does not belong to this board. It belongs to the citizens of Kentucky. It belongs to the alumni of this university who have studied here for the past several years, and it belongs to the students of the future who will share in a rich tradition we have enjoyed. It is a part of all of us, and when we destroy it, we destroy a part of ourselves.Sources
Anderson, Meghan. Under Ordway: Plans for demolition begin, Murray State News. 29 April 2013, available online.
Teague, Hawkins. Ordway Hall to be torn down after 82 years, Murray Ledger & times. 15 July 2013, available online.
Teague, Hawkins. University Regents vote to raze Ordway Hall, Murray Ledger & Times. 10 December 2011, available online.
Woods, Ralph H. Murray State University: Fifty Years of Progress, 1922-1972. Pamphlet, 1973. Available online.