Goodbye to Original Administration Building Hello to a New Era at Walla Walla College

After 111 years of service to the college, the original Administration Building, affectionately known as the Ad Building, will be completely removed by the end of November.

Current students, faculty, staff and local alumni said goodbye at a ceremony on October 7 and celebrated the beginning of a new era at the college by pledging their support to "Faith in the Vision: The Fund for Walla Walla College." This $18.5 million campaign was launched to fund a new administration building, as well as to renew other areas of the campus through renovation. An architect’s rendering of the new administration building was unveiled at the event.

The new administration building, which will occupy the same central position on campus, will be in a similar style to the original building. It will include the entry portico and will also incorporate some original architectural features lost to fire and previous renovations. One of these is the bell tower, which will house the original bell.

The new building will also include computer ports and tools that harness technology for learning, and it will be accessible for students with disabilities. The end result will be a modern building meeting today’s standards, with the feel of the historic Ad Building.

Departments formerly housed in the Ad Building have been relocated to interim locations across campus. Construction on the new building is scheduled to begin as soon as all the necessary funds have been pledged. The $18.5 million project will be financed by gifts from alumni, businesses and charitable foundations. More than $10 million has been raised toward the goal. For more information on the campaign or to view plans for the new building, visit

November 01, 2003 / Walla Walla University