Tour the University of Oregon's Coolest Buildings

The University of Oregon is nestled in the heart of Eugene, Oregon. A medium-sized, college town with nearly 160,000 residents, Eugene is known for its picturesque surroundings including a river that runs through the center of town and thousands of evergreens that line the city streets. As for the university, its 295-acre campus, flanked by ivy-covered buildings dating back to the school's initial founding and contemporary architectural study halls and lecture rooms, its walkable campus is one meant to be explored by both students and non-students alike. Here are a few of my favorite spots.

Get to Know These Three Newer Buildings:
John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes
This state-of-the-art, 40,000 sq. foot building sits like a modern-day castle in the midst of a water moat running along all four sides. The tranquil setting and its serene reflecting pool provide one of the more beautiful college-based study centers for student-athletes in the country.

Erb Memorial Union
Technically not a new building, but a newly renovated one, the EMU is a longtime favorite gathering spot for students offering over 100,000 square feet of space including greenspace, computing labs, a food court and plenty of tables and chairs for large study groups or individual students looking for a casual place to hit the books.

Matthew Knight Arena
Completed in 2011, the Matthew Knight Arena is one of the newest buildings on the U of O campus. Named posthumously for Matthew Knight—Nike front man and principal donor Phil Knight's son—the arena was built as a replacement for the aging McArthur Court and is home to the Oregon Ducks men's and women's basketball teams.
Make Sure You Visit These Four Old Buildings:
Gerlinger Hall
One of four buildings in the Women's Memorial Quad, the interior—or at least a good portion of it—is one of a few spaces on campus with its original, and now historic, integrity. During the 1940s, with enrollment of women students on the rise, the third floor served as a girls' dormitory.

Deady Hall and Villard Hall
The two oldest buildings on campus, Deady and Villard are located in the heart of campus and stand together as a historical reminder of the University's beginnings in the late 1800s. Designated as one U.S. National Historical Landmark, the buildings' creaky staircases still propel students to small, intimate classrooms throughout their brick walls.

Collier House
Built in 1886, the Collier House is the third oldest building on campus. Over the years the Italianate style building has been everything from the residence of the university's president to a dormitory, a restaurant to the school's library among other things. Currently, the house provides performance space for the School of Music and Dance.
And Get to Know These Two Spots:
13th Street
Not a building, but still a staple stomping ground for any student or prospective student. Flanked on one end by the U of O Bookstore, the other end by U.S. Bank, the blocks surrounding this hotspot have everything from favorite watering holes, to coffee houses, to independent eateries, to eclectic apparel and accessory shops.

Knight Library
Yes, there's that name again—named after (you guessed it, Phil Knight) the University's main library is a mecca for the studious, the curious and anyone looking to research just about any topic under the sun. Home to a substantial collection of material in the humanities, social sciences, music, business and special collections including government documents, microforms and maps, this quiet place is one every Duck should be familiar with.

Shauna Nosler, is an Oregon alumna now living in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word. Go DUCKS!

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