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Add Your Stories to the History of the Haight Alumni Center The David B. Haight Alumni Center on the Utah State University campus is the oldest state-built residence in Utah. It’s rather interesting then — we think — that it wasn’t actually built by the state and is no longer serving as a residence. Located north of Old Main and just west of Widtsoe Hall, the Haight Alumni Center was originally constructed by the Territory of Utah as a model farm house. Only later did it serve as The President’s House, welcoming 12 presidents of the university and their families through nearly a combined century of Aggie history. The first director of the Agricultural Experiment Sta-
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tion in Logan, Jeremiah Wilson Sanborn, successfully lobbied the Territorial Assembly for construction funds, a mere four months after his arrival in January of 1890. He and Old Main architect C.L. Thompson quickly drew plans and The Board of Trustees slapped a building estimate on the house of $4,000. The contract was part of a plan to have three buildings (including Old Main and a model barn) completed by August 1, 1890, a month before the college was scheduled to open. Work on what is now the Alumni Center ran a month over time and came in at a cost of $4,322.10.
... the house served USU presidents and their families continuously from 1896 to 1983, including the near three decades it hosted the young family of Elmer George The David B. Haight Alumni Center
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