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.

By floor count and height above ground level, the tallest buildings are the 23-story Kirwan Tower and Blanding Tower, parts of the now-vacant Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall complex that is slated for demolition in 2019. The 18-floor Patterson Office Tower sits on one of the highest points of the university, and so its top reaches a higher altitude; it will become the tallest campus building once Blanding and Kirwan Towers are demolished. 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.

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. This designation did not prevent it from being torn down in 2014 to make way for the new Limestone Park dormitory development.


In the next twenty years, substantial housing will need to be completed[1] 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.[2] New residence halls have also been planned[1] 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.


Image Building Campus Floors Year Completed[3] Status
Maxwell Place, UK.jpg Maxwell Place Central 2.5 1872 [4] Completed
Hamilton House North 1880[5] Demolished in fall 2014.[5]
Main Building - University of Kentucky - DSC09119.JPG Main Building Central 5 February 15, 1882 [6] Completed
Photocopy of photograph Photographer unknown, date unknown MAIN ELEVATION - University of Kentucky, White Hall, Lexington, Fayette County, KY HABS KY,34-LEX,13C-1.tif White Hall Central 1882 Demolished in 1967.
Neville Hall Central 1890 Destroyed by fire in 1961.
Mechanical Hall Central 1892 Home to the Engineering Department. Renamed Dicker Hall by the 1930s, and renamed again to Anderson Hall in 1948. Demolished in 1964; replaced by Anderson Tower.
2017-09-07 Gillis Building.jpg Gillis Building Central 1892 Completed
UKMillerHall.jpg Miller Hall Central 3 + B 1898 Completed
Bolivar Arts Center North 1899, 1917, 2015 Purchased by UK in 2013; became home of the School of Arts and Visual Studies during summer 2015.[7]
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
2017-09-06 - Engineering Annex.jpg Mining Laboratory (Engineering Annex) Central 1907 Completed
Photocopy of photographer photographer unknown, Date unknown VIEW OF MAIN AND SIDE ELEVATIONS, C.1907-1914 - University of Kentucky, Carnegie Library, Lexington, Fayette County, HABS KY,34-LEX,13A-2.tif Carnegie Library[8] 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 Gym Fitness Center North 1924,[9] 2018 Completed; originally known as Alumni Gymnasium. Converted to a student fitness center as part of the 2018 Student Center expansion and renamed at that time.[10]
Stoll field lexington.jpg McLean Stadium North 1924[9] Demolished in 1974.
Boyd Hall North 4 1925[11] Demolished in 2014 for Limestone Park.[2][5]
2017-09-06 - McVey Hall.jpg McVey Hall Central 3 + B 1928 Completed
Memorial Hall UK.jpg Memorial Hall Central 2 1929[9] 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
2017-09-06 - M. I. King Library.jpg Margaret I. King Library Central 3 1931 Completed
2017-09-07 Lafferty Hall.jpg Lafferty Hall Central 1936 Completed
Student Union (Student Center) North 1938, 1963, 2018 Almost completely rebuilt in a project completed in 2018. As part of the project, the 1963 addition was demolished in 2015; the 1938 portion remains intact with interior renovations and is incorporated into the current facility.[12]
Jewell Hall North 4 1939 Demolished in 2014 for Limestone Park.[2][5] Site now occupied by part of Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall.
2017-09-06 - Erikson Hall.jpg 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 for Woodland Glen.
Frank D. Peterson Service Building Central 1949 Completed
2017-09-06 Bowman Hall.jpg 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
2017-09-07 Mining and Mineral Resources.jpg Mineral Industries Building Central 1951 Completed
2017-09-06 - Grehan Journalism.jpg Grehan Journalism Building Central 2+B 1951 Completed
Keeneland Hall North 4 + B 1955 Demolished in 2014 for Limestone Park.[2][5] Site now occupied by Cloona Belle Matthews Boyd Hall.
Donovan Hall Central 5 1955 Demolished in 2014 for the new Jacobs Science Building.[5]
K-Lair Grill and Food Storage Building Central 1 1955 [13] K-Lair portion demolished in 2013. Food Storage Building demolished in 2014 for the new Jacobs Science Building.[5]
Holmes Hall North 4 + B 1958 Demolished in 2014 for Limestone Park.[2][5] Site now occupied by most of Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall.
Kelley Hall South 1959 Completed
Blazer Dining North 4 1960 Completed. To be converted to a classroom building as part of the Limestone Park development.[2] Originally named "Blazer Hall," but renamed in 2016 due to name confusion with new Blazer Hall.
Haggin Hall Central 4 1960 Demolished in 2013; replaced on-site by New Haggin Hall.[14]
2017-09-06 - Slone Research Building.jpg Slone Research Building Central 1960 Completed
Chemistry-Physics Building (U.K.).jpg Chemistry-Physics Building Central 4 1962 Completed
Albert B. Chandler Hospital.jpg Albert B. Chandler Hospital Medical 1962, 2011 Completed
Commonwealth Village South 1963 Completed. Graduate housing complex; decommissioned in fall 2017 and declared as surplus property by the university in December of that year. Sale of the complex planned, with the proceeds to create a fund for new graduate family housing at the Greg Page Apartments site.[15]
2017-09-07 Gatton College of Business.jpg Gatton Business and Economics Building Central 4 1963, 1992, 2016[16] Completed. Original building expanded in 1992 and again in 2016. Also serving as temporary home to the UK College of Law in 2017–19 while its current building (see below) is being renovated.
Helen G. King Alumni House Central 2 1963[17] Completed
Margaret I. King Library (South) Central 3 1963 Completed
Dickey Hall Central 1964 Completed
Law Building Central 2 + B 1965, 2019 Completed. Currently closed for a major renovation and scheduled to reopen for the 2019–20 school year.[18]
Anderson Bldg UK.jpg Anderson Tower Central: Engineering Quadrangle 7 + B 1966 Completed
Blanding Kirwan.jpg Blanding Tower South 23 1967 Completed. Decommissioned as housing in fall 2015;[19] demolition scheduled to begin in 2018[20] but since delayed to 2019.
2017-09-08 Blanding.jpg Blanding I, II, III, IV South 3 1967 Completed. Decommissioned as housing in fall 2016;[19] demolition scheduled to begin in 2018[20] but since delayed to 2019.
Kirwan–Blanding Commons South 2 1967 Completed. Dining hall and student lounge; decommissioned in fall 2015,[19] with demolition scheduled to begin in 2018[20] but since delayed to 2019.
Kirwan-Blanding Dorm Complex, U.K.jpg Kirwan Tower South 23 1967 Completed. Decommissioned as housing in fall 2015;[19] demolition scheduled to begin in 2018[20] but since delayed to 2019.
Kirwan I, II, III, IV South 3 1967 Completed. Decommissioned as housing in fall 2016;[19] demolition scheduled to begin in 2018[20] but since delayed to 2019.
POT UK.jpg Patterson Office Tower Central 18 1969[9] Completed
Cliff Hagan Stadium 2012-06.jpg Cliff Hagan Stadium South N/A 1969, 2002 Completed. Scheduled to be demolished after completion of the new baseball park.
2017-09-06 - White Hall (v2).jpg White Hall Classroom Building Central 3 + B 1969 Completed
Sanders–Brown Center on Aging Medical 4 1972 Completed
KentuckyCommonwealthStadium-EZInterior.jpg Kroger Field South N/A (two decks) 1973, 2015 Completed. Originally known as Commonwealth Stadium; name changed in 2017 with sponsorship from Kroger.
2017-09-07 - Fine Arts Library.jpg Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library Central 2 + B 1974 Completed. Originally the north addition of the Margaret I. King Library.
University of Kentucky Children's Hospital Medical Completed
Kentucky Clinic Medical 5 Completed
2017-09-06 - Singletary Center.jpg Singletary Center for the Arts Central 1979[9] Completed
Greg Page Apartments South 25 buildings, 2 floors each 1979[1] Completed. Greg Page Apartments was named after Greg Page, one of the first two African American football players at UK. Before playing a varsity game, Page became paralyzed after a blow to the back during a 1967 practice and died from the complications 38 days later.
Student Center Addition North 1982 Demolished in 2015 as part of the Student Center renovation and expansion project.[12]
Markey Cancer Center Medical 1985[9] Completed
Boone Faculty Center Central 1 1986 Completed
Gluck Equine Research Center South 1987 Completed
E.J. Nutter Training Facility South 1987 Completed
2017-09-08 Lancaster Aquatics Center.jpg 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
2017-09-08 Raymond Building.jpg 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
2017-09-06 - Anderson Building.jpg Ralph G. Anderson Building Central 3 + B 2002 Completed
2017-09-08 Johnson Center.jpg Bernard M. Johnson Student Recreation Center South January 2003 Completed. Expansion and renovation of the former Seaton Center.
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
2017-09-08 Roselle Hall.jpg David P. Roselle Residence Hall North 4 + Maintenance Level August 2005 Completed. Occupies a property that once housed outdoor basketball courts.
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
Davis Marksbury Building South 2011 Completed
Wildcat Coal Lodge Central 2012 Completed
2017-09-06 - Johnson Hall.jpg Herman Lee Donovan Hall & Lyman T. Johnson Hall Central 4 Fall 2013 Completed.[21] Known as Central Hall 1 & 2 during the planning and construction stages.
2017-09-06 - Jewell Hall.jpg Frances Jewell Hall North 2014 Completed.[22] Originally named Champions Court I.
2017-09-06 - Blazer Hall.jpg Georgia M. Blazer Hall North 2014 Completed.[22] Originally named Champions Court II.
Chellgren Hall, Woodland Glen II, III, IV, & V South 2014-2015 Completed. Chellgren Hall (originally Woodland Glen I) and Woodland Glen II opened in fall 2014; the remainder opened in fall 2015.[5]
2017-09-06 - New Haggin Hall.jpg New Haggin Hall Central 5[23] Fall 2014[23] Completed
2017-09-08 The 90.jpg The 90 South 2015 Completed[24]
2017-09-06 - Jacobs Science Building.jpg Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building Central 2016 Completed.[25] Occupies the sites of the original Donovan Hall and Food Storage Building.
2017-09-06 - Holmes Hall.jpg Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall North 2016 Completed.[26] Known during planning and construction stages as Limestone Park I; occupies the same site as the original Holmes and Jewell Halls.
2017-09-06 - Boyd Hall.jpg Cloona Belle Matthews Boyd Hall North 2016 Completed.[27] Known during planning and construction stages as Limestone Park II; occupies the site of the former Keeneland Hall.
Medical Research Building Medical 6 Planning[28]
2017-09-07 - Lewis Hall.jpg Lewis Hall Central 5 2017 Completed. Serves both as a residence hall and an office facility for UK's Lewis Honors College.
2017-09-07 University Flats.jpg University Flats Central 7 2017 Completed[29]
Kentucky Proud Park South N/A 2018 Completed in fall 2018, with the UK baseball team beginning play in the new park in 2019.[30][31]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Housing analysis." University of Kentucky. 2 February 2007 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-05-10. Retrieved 2007-02-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link).
  2. ^ a b c d e f "UK Board Approves Next Phase of Housing Development" (Press release). University of Kentucky. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Unless otherwise noted, the year in which each building was completed was taken from UK Campus Guide. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  4. ^ "Campus Guide: Maxwell Place". University of Kentucky. July 22, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Blackford, Linda B. (May 26, 2014). "University of Kentucky spending $4 million to demolish eight buildings this summer". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "Building Database Full Record: Administration Building". University of Kentucky. 1998-07-14. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  7. ^ Bolivar Arts Center UK School of Arts and Visual Studies. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  8. ^
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Peck, Jared (October 31, 2017). "Home of UK's first two national title teams getting massive makeover. Look inside Alumni Gym now". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Boyd Hall Photograph with Caption Retrieved 2013-01-17
  12. ^ a b Blackford, Linda B. (July 7, 2015). "Portions of University of Kentucky student center demolished for expansion". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  13. ^ Hairston, Gail (September 23, 2011). "Celebrate K Lair's 50th Year as a UK Eatery". University of Kentucky News. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  14. ^ Haggin Hall University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2013-08-08
  15. ^ "UK Board Makes First Move Toward Demolition of Kirwan-Blanding Complex" (Press release). University of Kentucky. December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  16. ^ Brammer, Jack (October 7, 2016). "University of Kentucky celebrates new $65 million business college building". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Mission & History". University of Kentucky Alumni Association. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  18. ^ "Renovation and Expansion FAQ". University of Kentucky College of Law. Retrieved June 15, 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e Wright, Will (May 16, 2015). "University of Kentucky plans to leave Kirwan and Blanding towers empty this fall". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  20. ^ a b c d e Blackford, Linda (December 12, 2017). "They've been a UK landmark for 50 years. Now they're going to be demolished". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  21. ^ New Central Residence Hall[permanent dead link] Retrieved 2013-01-17
  22. ^ a b Tune, Chrissie (October 15, 2012). "New Residence Hall to Impact North Campus Parking". University of Kentucky News. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  23. ^ a b New Haggin Hall Project Details[permanent dead link] EDR Collegiate Housing. Retrieved 2013-08-08
  24. ^ 2015-2016 Dining Plans Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine University of Kentucky. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  25. ^ "UK Dedicates Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building". UKNow. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  26. ^ Opening of Holmes and Boyd University of Kentucky.
  27. ^ Opening of Holmes and Boyd University of Kentucky.
  28. ^ Brammer, Jack (March 9, 2015). "Beshear signs bill authorizing bonds for University of Kentucky medical research building". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  29. ^ University Flats Description University of Kentucky.
  30. ^ Schaefer, Charles (November 2, 2017). ""Topping out" ceremony held at UK baseball's new stadium". Kentucky Kernel. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  31. ^ "UK Baseball's New Stadium Named Kentucky Proud Park". UKNow. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-03.

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