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Map of Sites on the Self-Guided Tour



Discovery Park

LYNN HALL, including the “Continuum” Sculpture


elcome to Purdue — one of the nation’s

finest universities. We invite you to tour the heart

of the West Lafayette campus, where you’ll see

buildings housing most of our colleges and schools. You are always welcome to visit our campus buildings, but please do not enter classrooms that are in use. Our faculty and students appreciate your consideration. This tour does not include several unique and significant areas of campus. Please check with the Visitor Information Center if you are interested in more details about an area not included on this tour. Please refer to the map on the opposite page. We’ll begin our tour at map Visitor Information Center

site A, the Visitor Information Center, 504 Northwestern Avenue.

You can complete the tour in a little over one hour. However, to become better acquainted with Purdue, you may want to allow extra time to explore the libraries and laboratories, read the plaques, stop for a meal or snack, and talk with our students and faculty. Please be especially careful if you are near University construction areas.

Materials and electrical Engineering Building

Neil Armstrong Hall


Leave the Visitor Information Center (map site A) and head toward the Materials and Electrical Engineering Building (B). You can reach the building by crossing Northwestern Avenue at the marked pedestrian crosswalks. Turn right and continue north along Northwestern Avenue, past the Physics Building (C) and Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering (D). When you reach Stadium Avenue, turn left and head west, past Lambert Fieldhouse (E) across the street on your right. You will see Cary Quadrangle (F) ahead on your right.


tudents in Purdue’s College of Engineering choose from 15 different engineering disciplines in a wide variety of fields. The Materials and Electrical Engineering Building (MSEE) houses electrical and computer, materials, and nuclear engineering laboratories, offices, and classrooms. Underneath MSEE and the Purdue Mall is a two-story building containing the Purdue Rare Isotope Measurement (PRIME) Laboratory. The PRIME Lab contains an eight-million-volt electrostatic Tandem Van de Graaff accelerator used for ultrasensitive accelerator mass spectrometry measurements of rare natural and artificial long-lived radionuclides. The interdisciplinary research involves dating of terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials, the study of geologic processes and events, and the tracing of biomedical systems. With an area of approximately 200,000 square feet, the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering houses the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the School of Materials Engineering, and the first School of Engineering Education in the country. The hall’s soaring atrium highlights significant Purdue engineering achievements. On display is a lunar sample gathered in 1972 during the Apollo 17 mission commanded by Purdue graduate Eugene Cernan. The sample was donated by Martha Chaffee, widow of Purdue alumnus Roger Chaffee, who died in the Apollo I fire in 1967. Lambert Fieldhouse Built in 1937, the Ward L. Lambert Fieldhouse and Gymnasium replaced Memorial Gymnasium as the home of the Purdue basketball team. Today it houses the Department of Health and Kinesiology.

“Gateway to the Future” arch


Turn left at the end of Neil Armstrong Hall and follow the sidewalk along Stadium Mall. You’ll walk through the “Gateway to the Future” arch, past the Student Health Center (PUSH, G), the Heine Pharmacy Building (H), the Civil Engineering Building (I), the Johnson Hall of Nursing (J), the Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering (K), and Schleman Hall of Student Services (L). Ahead, you’ll see the Purdue Mall Fountain.


ary Quadrangle first opened in 1928. The facility was funded with donations by Franklin Masten Cary, a local philanthropist, and wasnamed in honor of his son, Franklin Levering Cary. It remains one of the largest all-male housing units in the country. The $18-million Ford Dining Court, one of Purdue’s five new-style dining courts, was dedicated in honor of Fred and Mary Ford in October 2004. The “Gateway to the Future” arch, dedicated October 25, 2008, is a gift to the University from the classes of 1958 and 1959. The archway base consists of two 27-foot-tall columns constructed of Indiana limestone. The columns are crowned with brass lanterns with glass lenses. Each lantern is nearly five feet tall. The steel arch runs between the two columns. The Purdue University Student Health Center provides medical care through a high-quality outpatient facility staffed by licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical professionals. The Robert E. Heine Pharmacy Building houses the School of Pharmacy and the Helen R. Johnson Hall of Nursing, whose namesake founded Purdue’s nursing program in 1963, houses the School of Nursing. First built in 1940, the Chemical Engineering Building underwent a 67,000-square-foot expansion and was renamed the Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering in 2004 in honor of Robert and Marilyn Glenn Forney, 1947 chemical engineering graduates who funded a large portion of the expansion project. Schleman Hall Schleman Hall of Student Services was named for the late Helen B. Schleman, Purdue’s dean of women from 1947 to 1968. Many of the student services offices are located in Schleman Hall.

Hovde Hall


Turn right and continue along the north side of the Purdue Mall, past Schleman and Hovde (M) halls. Turn left and pass through the plaza separating Hovde Hall of Administration and the Elliott Hall of Music (N); ahead you’ll see the Purdue Bell Tower (O).


he Purdue Mall Fountain was dedicated in 1989. The 38-foot-tall concrete water sculpture delights summer visitors during the day and dazzles them at night as 280 colored lights illuminate the surging jets of water. Hovde Hall of Administration is named for the late Frederick L. Hovde. Purdue’s longest-serving president, he held the office from 1946 to 1971. Hovde Hall contains University administrative offices including the offices of the president, vice presidents, Board of Trustees, registrar, and bursar. The Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music, designed by architect Walter Scholer and Associates with seating for more than 6,000 people, features the largest proscenium of any educational institution in the United States. A box office is located in the theater’s lobby. The Purdue Bell Tower, designed by Sasaki Associates, is 160 feet of brick and steel. Although dedicated in 1995, it contains the century-old bells from the original Heavilon Hall Tower. The Class of 1948 provided a leadership gift to help build this structure and preserve a period in Purdue’s history.

Elliott Hall of Music


Lawson Computer Science Building


Turn right and walk west along the south side of the Elliott Hall of Music (N). On your left, as you cross the drive, you will pass the Psychological Sciences Building (P). Continue west along the road until you reach Haas Hall (Q). If you look to the northwest, you will see the Lawson Computer Science Building (R) on the other side of University Street. Turn left and continue south, passing Haas Hall on your right. Turn left and walk east through the breezeway under the Mathematical Sciences Building (T).


elix Haas Hall, dedicated in 1909 as the Memorial Gymnasium, was built in memory of 17 Purdue students, football team members, and alumni who were killed in a 1903 train wreck. The Big Four Railroad contributed a substantial portion of the $88,000 it cost to build the thennamed Memorial Gymnasium. It was renamed Felix Haas Hall in 2006. Completely revamped in the mid-1980s, Memorial Gymnasium was renamed the Computer Science Building and housed Purdue’s computer science degree program, which began in 1962 as the first of its kind at any university. Since the 2006 completion of the Richard and Patricia Lawson Computer Science Building, a $20-million, state-of-the-art facility, the computer science department is now located in both Lawson and Haas. The Mathematical Sciences Building contains College of Science classrooms, administrative offices, and a machine room for Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP). This ITaP machine room houses highperformance computing clusters and several multimillion-dollar supercomputers.

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Class of 1950 Lecture Hall

Beering Hall and Founders Park


The columned building you see in front of you is the Class of 1950 Lecture Hall (U). Turn right, heading south, and you’ll pass the Recitation Building (V) and Beering Hall (S), which, along with University (W), Matthews (X), and Stone (Y) halls, surround Founders Park. Turn left and exit the park between University and Stone halls and cross Oval Drive to enter Memorial Mall.


he Class of 1950 Lecture Hall features classrooms and a 474-seat, state-of-the-art lecture hall. Members of the Class of 1950 raised more than $1 million of the building’s $3.5-million total cost. Recitation Building, built in 1922, features numerous smaller classrooms used to implement the University’s recitation-lecture class concept. The Steven C. Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education houses the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts, providing 53 classrooms and teaching labs as well as conference rooms and other support facilities. Matthews Hall was named in honor of Mary L. Matthews, first dean of the School of Home Economics, which became the School of Consumer and Family Sciences in 1976 and was renamed the College of Consumer and Family Sciences in 2005. Founders Park, dedicated in 1994, is located in the heart of the original campus. Stone Hall, named for Winthrop E. Stone, Purdue’s fifth president, has excellent public dining facilities that serve as “classrooms” for Hospitality and Tourism Management students in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. University Hall is the oldest building on campus and, appropriately, is the home of the Department of History. University Hall and When University Hall was built in 1877, Memorial Mall Purdue had fewer than a dozen faculty members and about 165 students. Today, Purdue has more than 1,800 tenured or tenure-track faculty members and 40,090 students on its West Lafayette campus. Purdue enrolls 72,984 students on campuses statewide, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

Stewart Center


After visiting John Purdue’s Grave (which will be on your left), continue across Memorial Mall along the “Hello Walk” and cross Oval Drive once more. Stewart Center (Z) will be in front of you. Turn right and continue south across State Street and onto Marstellar Street.


istory abounds on Memorial Mall. There, you’ll find John Purdue’s Grave as well as an ornate fountain donated by the Class of 1894 and a replica of a flagpole erected by patriotic students during the 1898 Spanish-American War. The “Hello Walk” memorializes a century-old tradition of smiling and saying hello to everyone you meet, originally practiced along the path connecting Ladies Hall (which stood on the corner where Stone Hall now stands) with the main campus. John Purdue, a longtime patron of education, pledged $150,000 to help establish the University as Indiana’s link in the nation’s chain of land-grant colleges and universities. On May 6, 1869, the Indiana General Assembly accepted Purdue’s gift along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County and 100 acres of land from local residents. Purdue University opened its doors for classes in 1874. Stewart Center is the largest non-academic building on campus. It was built around the 1913 library, now part of the east end of Stewart, and is connected by a subwalk to the Purdue Memorial Union. Opened in 1958, it is named in honor of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Stewart, benefactors of the University. Stewart Center contains an art gallery, 23 meeting rooms, two small ballrooms, and two theaters — the 400-seat Eliza Fowler Hall and the 1,038-seat Loeb Playhouse. You may purchase tickets for various Purdue events at the Loeb Playhouse Box Office, located just inside the west doors of Stewart Center. The impressive “Spirit of the Land-Grant College” mural, painted by Eugene Francis Savage, greets visitors as they enter Stewart Center from the west. In the painting, you’ll see President Abraham Lincoln signing the 1862 Morrill Act, which provided public lands to any state that would use the proceeds to establish and maintain a college that would teach the “agricultural and mechanic arts.”

Agricultural Administration Building


As you go south on Marstellar Street, St. Thomas Aquinas Center (AA) will be on your left at the intersection with State Street. Continue south, past the Agriculture Administration (BB) and Forestry (CC) buildings on your right, and Pao Hall (DD) on your left. Turn left and head east along


s a state-funded school, Purdue has no religious affiliation. However, St. Thomas Aquinas Center is one of the many religious organizations that can be found on and around campus. The Agricultural Administration Building houses offices for a number of administrative areas, including Agricultural Research Programs. The College of Agriculture’s 314 faculty members bring in about $46.1 million in research funding. Originally intended to be a horse barn, the Forestry Building now holds offices and teaching spaces for the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. The sweetgum tree located at the south end of the building was germinated aboard the Discovery Space Shuttle in 1984 and is playfully referred to as the “Shuttle Gum” tree. The Class of 1952 funded the construction of “Transformation” by Spanish artist Faustino Aizkorbe. The 40-foot-tall, 20-ton creation depicts the transformation that occurs in people as they become more educated and enlightened.


Pao Hall

the south side of Pao Hall and cross Sheetz Street. You’ll see Hawkins Hall (EE) ahead on your left. Continue east along Wood Street, past the Dauch Alumni Center (FF) on your right.

Purdue’s visual and performing arts programs are housed in the 166,700-square-foot Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts. Opened in 2003, the facility contains classrooms, two theatres, studio and workshop space, and more. Hawkins Hall is a residence primarily designed for academically focused graduate students. Undergraduates over the age of 20 also can live in Hawkins. Named for a Purdue alumnus and his wife, the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center houses the University Development Office and the Purdue Alumni Association. One of the highlights of the center is the Spurgeon Hall of Spirit — named for alumnus Tom Spurgeon — featuring state-of-the-art interactive kiosks to help visitors learn more about Purdue.

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Rawls Hall


Turn left on Grant Street and head north, passing Young Hall (GG) on your left. Continue north to State Street, crossing under the walkway connecting the Krannert Building (HH) and Rawls Hall (II).


oung Hall, once solely a residence hall, now houses offices for a number of areas, including Programs for Study Abroad, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), the Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, and the Graduate School. A $1.5-million donation by Herman and Ellnora Krannert in the 1960s helped fund the construction of the Krannert Building — one of the few buildings on campus not made of red brick. The Krannert School of Management boasts well-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs. The library in the Krannert Building offers more than 7,600 rare books related to economics. Linked to the Krannert Building via skywalk is another School of Management building — Jerry S. Rawls Hall. Opened in fall 2003, the four-story, 128,000-square-foot building features Internet- and videoconference-enabled classrooms. A gift of $10 million from Krannert alumnus Jerry Rawls completed funding for the $35-million building.


Purdue Memorial Union


Cross State Street and continue up Grant Street; enter the Purdue Memorial Union (PMU, JJ) through its east doors, located across from the Grant Street Garage. Exit through PMU’s west doors, turn right, and head north between the Stewart Center and PMU; continue through Academy Park to see Heavilon Hall (LL) and the Brown Laboratory of Chemistry (MM). Turn left and walk west past the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry (NN).


he Purdue Memorial Union, which opened in 1924, was built as a monument to the Purdue men and women who died in World War I. In the Union’s Great Hall, the floor is inlaid with a cross commemorating the 67 students killed in that war. Plaques in the Great Hall honor the dead of World War I, World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. A scale model of Purdue’s West Lafayette campus is a unique attraction located in the Union’s Great Hall. This glass-encased model gives visitors an overview of the 2,552-acre campus. The Memorial Union is also the social center for the University and a visitor’s delight. It contains the Union Club Hotel, a Visitor Information Center, twin ballrooms, an art gallery, 10-lane bowling alley, billiard room, video arcade, gift shop, banking services, and dining facilities, including a Starbucks. Academy Park was created in honor of all Purdue faculty and is used as an outdoor teaching arena and leisure area. Grissom Hall was built in 1906 as the civil engineering building. It was renamed to honor Purdue alumnus Virgil E. “Gus” Grissom, who died in the Apollo training accident in January 1967. The hall houses the School of Industrial Engineering. Heavilon Hall houses the Grissom Hall Department of English and the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Heavilon is the third in a series of Heavilon halls, named for University benefactor Amos Heavilon.

Academy Park and Heavilon Hall

10 along the northeast corner of Stanley Coulter Hall (OO), and the Special Places

Turn right onto Centennial Mall to enjoy the Butler Interaction Garden on your left Garden, on your left immediately before the Bell Tower (O). End your tour by continuing north past the Engineering Administration Building (PP), taking a right at the Mechanical Engineering Building (QQ). The Purdue Mall Fountain will be on your left. Proceed straight, past the Electrical Engineering Building (RR) and under the walkway. Cross Northwestern Avenue to return to the Visitor Information Center (A).


he Brown Laboratory of Chemistry and the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry are Purdue’s two chemistry buildings. The University is one of the top two in chemistry PhD degrees awarded and is among the nation’s leaders in the number of men and women enrolled in chemistry courses. Brown Laboratory is named in honor of the late Herbert C. Brown, the former R. B. Wetherill Research Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and a 1979 Nobel Prize winner for his research in boron chemistry. The Martha Christine Butler Interaction Garden features benches and seat-height brick walls for lounging and relaxing, as well as a series of plaques displaying inspirational quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, Mother Teresa, and numerous others. The focal point of the Special Places Garden is the renovated Sinninger Pond. The site, which surrounds the Bell Tower, also features beautiful landscaping and many opportunities to relax on benches, stone seat walls, and grassy lawn areas.

Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry

There’s so much more to see!

We hope you’ll return to Purdue to see additional campus offerings. On a future tour, you might want to visit the sites listed below.

Boilermaker Aquatic Center

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Discovery Park

LYNN HALL, including the “Continuum” Sculpture

Contact us: Visitor Information Center Purdue University 504 Northwestern Avenue West Lafayette, IN 47907 Phone: (765) 494-INFO (4636) (765) 494-4600 (Purdue operator) Fax: (765) 496-1207 E-mail: Web:

An equal access/equal opportunity university Produced by Purdue Marketing and Media

1300609 7/09

Visitor Information Center - Self-Guided Tour  

Welcome to Purdue - one of the nation's finest universities. We invite you to use this tour guide to see the heart of the West Lafayette cam...