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A history of CSU's building and grounds from 1870 to the present.

Green Hall, 1954-

A cluster of stone buildings viewed from a higher level.

Green Hall, 1964

From CSU's Sense of Place:  A Campus History of Colorado's Land-Grant University, by James E. Hansen, Gordon A. Hazard, and Linda M. Meyer.  Fort Collins, CO:  Colorado State University, 2018.

Architect – James M. Hunter and Associates

Builder – Mead and Mount Construction Company of Denver

750 Meridian Avenue

Designed by newly hired architect James M. Hunter in 1952, excavation began on June 16, 1953, on the first of a series of new residence halls to be built during the tenure of William E. Morgan. The Mead and Mount Construction Company of Denver built the new hall.  In late September 1954, Green Hall opened to 400 male students. (It was originally built to house female students but was used for men for the first year due to enrollment needs.)  On October 16, 1954, the new hall was dedicated during Homecoming.  Mrs. Roy Green attended the dedication of the $1.3 million residence hall.  President Green’s former assistant, Wilmer McMillen spoke at the dedication. The 1954 enrollment was just over 4000 to set a record.  This was nearly 420 more students than they had expected to enroll so the new hall helped but did not solve the housing crunch.

President Morgan continued to stress the potential for growth that was to come and the need to increase campus facilities.  Most people did not visualize this type of growth, and many felt he was exaggerating.  History shows he was right, and that the growth was even more than he expected by the 1960s.

During 1968-69, Green Hall was not used for residents while it was undergoing some remodeling.  It reopened in 1969-70 with some suite-rooms hoping to attract some junior and senior level students to fill some of the empty rooms available on the campus.  Within a couple of years, the campus again experienced a shortage of rooms as compared to the demand.

More remodeling took place in the summer of 1976.  Green Hall was used as a residence hall until the fall of 1990.  It was in serious need of upgrading but since the demand for residence hall space was met by the other halls, it was decided to no longer use this building for student housing and was permanently decommissioned as living quarters.  The north wings were turned into equipment storage by the Department of Housing and Food Services.  A freight elevator was installed in the stairwell of the north wing to allow delivery and removal of the equipment by housing work crews.  The Office of Parking Services moved from Aylesworth Hall to the central section of Green Hall.  In October 1996, the south wings were razed to make way for a parking lot.

Following the flood of July 28, 1997, CSU Police moved into the central section old Green Hall and occupied the space that was once the kitchen and cafeteria.  Many of the old residential rooms in the North wings were pressed into service as places to dry out and attempt to save many of the books damaged when the floodwaters inundated the Morgan Library.

During the summer of 2001, the two north residential wings were razed, and the land became used as a parking lot.  For a while it was destined to become the site of a proposed new Alumni Center Building, but that did not happen.  In April 2011, the site became the construction site for the new Scott Engineering Building.  Parking Services moved over to its new offices, the new Lake Street Parking Garage and CSU Police Department took over all of the space in the central Green Hall building and made it their home. 

In 2015 a new Master Plan was published.  It showed a new building on the site of Green Hall and the parking lot to the south.

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