List of University of Kentucky buildings

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The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky is home to many notable structures, including three high-rises. Major construction projects are underway or are being planned that includes a new hospital, School of Pharmacy building, and several new college structures.

By floor count and height above ground level, the tallest buildings are the 23-story Kirwan Tower and Blanding Tower, part of the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall complex. The 18-floor Patterson Office Tower sits on one of the highest points of the university, and so its top reaches a higher altitude. All three high-rises were built in the mid-1960s.

New developments[edit]

Recently constructed is a new parking structure for the Albert B. Chandler Hospital at South Limestone between Conn Terrace Transcript Avenue. The 1,600 space garage will be connected to the lobby of the new patient care facility via a skyway. The existing parking garage for the hospital has since been demolished to make way for the new patient care facility.

In the summer of 2010, Keeneland Hall, the first co-ed dormitory in the state, was named a state historic site by the Kentucky State Historical Society.

In the future, a new medical campus for the University of Kentucky will be constructed west of South Limestone. The 20-year, $2.5 billion plan is projected to "accelerate growth in research and health education" and will include additional research structures, a new shared Health Sciences Learning Center, and new structures for the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, and College of Public Health.[1] The first of this to be constructed was the Biomedical Biological Science Research Building.


In the next twenty years, substantial housing will need to be completed[2] due to increased freshman enrollment and the deteriorated conditions of surrounding neighborhoods. By 2010, the university is currently planning to achieve 33% undergraduate housing, requiring the construction of an additional 2,500 units. By 2020, due to fast undergraduate growth, the university wants to raise the undergraduate housing percentage to at least 40%, requiring the construction of at least 2,800 additional units. The ratio of graduate students to graduate units in Cooperstown and Greg Page Apartments would also need to be increased from 11% to 15%. The existing facilities would also need to be replaced. By 2010, 350 new units would need to be constructed, followed by an additional 250 units by 2020.

In 2014, plans to replace most of the older north campus residence halls—specifically Boyd, Holmes, Keeneland, and Jewell Halls—with a new residential complex were approved.[3] New residence halls have also been planned[2] for the College of Agriculture campus along University Drive and Nicholasville Road between Cooper Drive and Alumni Drive, the Medical Center campus along Transcript Avenue, near the Johnson Student Recreation Center at Cooper Drive, at Stoll Field next to the current Student Center, within the College Town district north of Euclid Avenue, along Washington Avenue (to be converted into a pedestrian-only facility) and along Scott Street.

In addition, several existing structures may be renovated to residence hall use.[2] Scovell Hall, constructed in 1905, will "most likely" be vacated and would be prime for residential redevelopment. Kinkead, Bradley, Bowman and Breckinridge halls, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Rose Street, were originally residence halls and may be repurposed back to that need.

Greg Page Apartments[edit]

Completed in 1979,[2] Greg Page Apartments was the newest residence facility until Baldwin Hall, Ingles Hall, Roselle Hall (originally New North Hall) and Smith Hall opened in 2005. It was named after Greg Page, one of the first two African American football players at UK, who was paralyzed after a blow to the back in practice 1966 and died from the complications 38 days later.

Greg Page Apartments require constant maintenance.[2] The exterior wood siding necessitates continual repair or replacement at "extreme expense" and the wood frame construction has failed in at least one instance, causing significant damage to several units. The onset of problems due to cheap construction techniques and materials has resulted the Greg Page Apartments reaching the end of their usable life.


Image Building Campus Floors Year Completed[4] Status
Maxwell Place, UK.jpg Maxwell Place Central 2.5 1872 [5] Completed.
Main Building - University of Kentucky - DSC09119.JPG Main Building Central 5 February 15, 1882 [6] Completed
White Hall Central 1882 Demolished in 1967
Neville Hall Central 1890 Destroyed by fire in 1961
Mechanical Hall Central 1892 Demolished in 1964
Gillis Building Central 1892 Completed
UKMillerHall.jpg Miller Hall Central 3 + B 1898 Completed
Barker Hall.jpg Alumni Hall (Barker Hall & Buell Armory) Central 3 + B + Bell Tower 1901, 1937 Completed
Patterson Hall 1905.jpg Patterson Hall North 3 + B 1904 Completed.
Scovell Hall South 1905 Completed
Education Building (Frazee Hall) Central 1907 Completed
Matthews Building Central 1907 Completed
Mining Laboratory (Engineering Annex) Central 1907 Completed
Carnegie Library [3] Central 1909 Demolished in 1967
Pence Hall Central 3 + B 1909 Completed
Kastle Hall Central 3 + B 1909, 1926 Completed
Norwood Hall Central 1910 Destroyed by fire 1948
Bradley Hall Central 1921 Completed
Alumni Gymnasium North 1924[7] Completed
Stoll field lexington.jpg McLean Stadium North 1924[7] Demolished in 1974
Boyd Hall North 4 1925[8] Completed. To be demolished in fall 2014 for Limestone Park.[3]
McVey Hall Central 3 + B 1928 Completed
Memorial Hall UK.jpg Memorial Hall Central 2 1929[7] Completed
Taylor Education Building Central ca. 1930 Completed
Kinkead Hall Central 1930 Completed
Breckinridge Hall Central 1930 Completed
Thomas Poe Cooper Building South 1930 Completed
Margaret I. King Library Central 3 1931 Completed
Lafferty Hall Central 1936 Completed
Student Union (Student Center) North 1937, 1962 Completed
Jewell Hall North 4 1939 Completed. To be demolished in fall 2014 for Limestone Park.[3]
Erikson Hall Central 3 + B 1939 Completed
Funkhouser Building (U.K.).jpg Funkhouser Building Central 7 + B + B1 1942 Completed
Cooperstown Apartments South 1946 Buildings razed in 2012-13
Frank D. Peterson Service Building Central 1949 Completed
Bowman Hall Central 1949 Completed
Fine Arts Building (U.K.).jpg Fine Arts Building Central 1950 Completed
Memorial coliseum LexingtonKY.jpg Memorial Coliseum North 3 1950 Completed
Mineral Industries Building Central 1951 Completed
Grehan Journalism Building Central 2+B 1951 Completed
Keeneland Hall North 4 + B 1955 Completed. To be demolished in fall 2014 for Limestone Park.[3]
Donovan Hall Central 5 1955 Completed
Holmes Hall North 4 + B 1958 Completed. To be demolished in fall 2014 for Limestone Park.[3]
Kelley Hall South 1959 Completed
Blazer Hall North 4 1960 Completed. To be converted to a classroom building as part of the Limestone Park development.[3]
Haggin Hall Central 4 1960 Demolished in 2013.[9]
Slone Research Building Central 1960 Completed
K-Lair Grill and Food Storage Building Central 1 1955 [10] K-Lair portion demolished in 2013.
Chemistry-Physics Building (U.K.).jpg Chemistry-Physics Building Central 4 1962 Completed
Gatton Business and Economics Building Central 4 1960s, 1992 Completed
Albert B. Chandler Hospital.jpg Albert B. Chandler Hospital Medical 1962, 2011 Completed
Helen G. King Alumni House Central 2 1963[11] Completed
Margaret I. King Library (South) Central 3 1963 Completed
Dickey Hall Central 1964 Completed
Law Building Central 2 + B 1965 Completed
Anderson Bldg UK.jpg Anderson Tower Central: Engineering Quadrangle 7 + B 1966 Completed
Blanding Kirwan.jpg Blanding Tower South 23 1967 Completed
Blanding I South 3 1967 Completed
Blanding II South 3 1967 Completed
Blanding III South 3 1967 Completed
Blanding IV South 3 1967 Completed
Kirwan-Blanding Dorm Complex, U.K.jpg Kirwan Tower South 23 1967 Completed
Kirwan I South 3 1967 Completed
Kirwan II South 3 1967 Completed
Kirwan III South 3 1967 Completed
Kirwan IV South 3 1967 Completed
POT UK.jpg Patterson Office Tower Central 18 1969[7] Completed
Cliff Hagan Stadium South N/A 1969, 2002 Completed
White Hall Classroom Building Central 3 + B 1969 Completed
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Medical 4 1972 Completed
KentuckyCommonwealthStadium-EZInterior.jpg Commonwealth Stadium South N/A (two decks) 1973 Completed
Margaret I. King Library (North) Central 2 + B 1974 Completed
University of Kentucky Children's Hospital Medical Completed
Kentucky Clinic Medical 5 Completed
Singletary Center for the Arts Central 1979[7] Completed
Greg Page Apartments South 25 buildings, 2 floors each 1979[2] Completed
Markey Cancer Center Medical 1985[7] Completed
Boone Faculty Center Central 1 1986 Completed
Gluck Equine Research Center South 1987 Completed
Student Center Addition North 1987 Completed
E.J. Nutter Training Facility South 1987 Completed
Lancaster Aquatic Center South 1989 Completed
Charles E. Barnhart Building South 1990 Completed
ASTeCC Building Central 1994 Completed
William T. Young Library.jpg William T. Young Library Central 6 + B 1998 Completed
CRMS Bldg.jpg CRMS Building Central 5 + B Completed
Oliver H. Raymond Civil Engineering Building Central 3 + B 1998 Completed
James F. Hardymon Building - University of Kentucky - DSC09128.JPG James F. Hardymon Building South September 2000 Completed
Ralph G. Anderson Building Central 3 + B 2002 Completed
Bernard M. Johnson Student Recreation Center South January 2003 Completed
Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Building Medical 6 February 2003 Completed
Gill Heart Institute Medical 5 April 2004 Completed
UK BPB and BBSRB buildings.jpg Biomedical Biological Science Research Building Medical 5 April 2005 Completed
Dale E. Baldwin Residence Hall South 3 August 2005 Completed
Margaret Ingels Residence Hall South 3 August 2005 Completed
David P. Roselle Residence Hall North 4 + Maintenance Level August 2005 Completed
John T. Smith Residence Hall South 3 August 2005 Completed
Joe Craft Center (basketball practice facility) North 2 January 2007 Completed
Student Health Facility Medical 4 July 2008 Completed
Biological-Pharmaceutical Building U.K.jpg Biological Pharmaceutical Complex Building Medical 5 + B 2010 Completed
Wildcat Coal Lodge Central 2012 Completed
Central Hall 1 & 2 Central 4 Fall 2013 Completed[12]
Champions Court I & II North 2014 Under construction[13]
Woodland Glen I, II, III, IV, & V South 2014-2015 Under construction
New Haggin Hall Central 5[14] Fall 2014[14] Under construction
Science Building Central 2015 Planning[15]
Limestone Park I & II North TBA Fall 2016 Planning[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UK announces design for new hospital." 19 October 2006. UK Healthcare. 17 November 2006 [1]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Housing analysis." University of Kentucky. 2 February 2007 [2].
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "UK Board Approves Next Phase of Housing Development" (Press release). University of Kentucky. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ Unless otherwise noted, the year in which each building was completed was taken from UK Campus Guide. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  5. ^ "Campus Guide: Maxwell Place". University of Kentucky. July 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Building Database Full Record: Administration Building". University of Kentucky. 1998-07-14. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "A Chronology of UK". University of Kentucky Special Collections & Digital Programs Division. 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  8. ^ Boyd Hall Photograph with Caption Retrieved 2013-01-17
  9. ^ Haggin Hall University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2013-08-08
  10. ^ Hairston, Gail (September 23, 2011). "Celebrate K Lair's 50th Year as a UK Eatery". University of Kentucky News. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Mission & History". University of Kentucky Alumni Association. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  12. ^ New Central Residence Hall Retrieved 2013-01-17
  13. ^ Tune, Chrissie (October 15, 2012). "New Residence Hall to Impact North Campus Parking". University of Kentucky News. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  14. ^ a b New Haggin Hall Project Details EDR Collegiate Housing. Retrieved 2013-08-08
  15. ^ Blackford, Linda (January 10, 2013). "UK Athletics will pay for two-thirds of new $100 million science building". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 

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