Looking Back: Fall 2009
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 14, 2009

College CenterCollege Center for students

During the 1958-59 school year, Portland State College students were happy to have lounge, cafeteria, office, and co-op space in the newly constructed College Center (top photo, right), now known as Smith Memorial Student Union. But with only the basement and first two floors complete, the building was crowded from the first day. The main entrance to College Center (below) was on the Park Avenue side. The Jennings House (top photo, left) was eventually demolished for another section of State Hall, now known as Cramer Hall.

College Center main entrance

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