Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Western Washington State College (WWSC), Student Union, Bellingham, WA

ID: 10713
Alt. Name: Western Washington University (WWU), Student Union, Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University, Viking Union. Bellingham, WA
Construction Date: Start Date: 1957
End Date: 1959
Notes: According to the Bellingham Herald: "Bassetti's first major project was the student union at Western, in 1959. In a WWU oral history interview in 2003, Bassetti said another firm had designed the building, but when that firm said it was too late to change its design at the request of campus administrator Barney Goltz, Western's board of trustees - newly enlarged with two new members, one of whom was Forrest - gave the job to him." (See Dean Kahn, "Fred Bassetti left architectural legacy at Western Washington University," Bellingham Herald, 12/15/2013. <> Accessed 12/22/2013.) The Student Union was the first of several Bassetti projects at Western Washington, that also included a second addition to the Wilson Library (c. 1973), Carver Gymnasium, Ridgeway Student Housing, and the Humanities Building. Tel: 360.650.3450 (2013).
Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings
Locations: Structure:
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA
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