Skip to main content

A Lot Changes in 40 or so Years

20015 Evansdale 20015 Evansdale
(l) WEST VIRGINIA AND REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER, WVU LIBRARIES/(r) BRIAN PERSINGER

That's especially true of West Virginia University's Evansdale campus. The archival photo was taken circa 1965-71 before the (1) PRT opened in 1975 and long before the installation of the (2) Student Recreation Center. Other buildings that sprouted in the intervening years are the Evansdale Library (not pictured) and the (3) National Research Center for Coal and Energy and (4) Mineral Resources and Engineering Research (not pictured) buildings that round out the engineering complex. Some of the most rapid growth has happened with the last four years with new recreation fields, a greenhouse (not pictured, behind current agricultural science building), the new home for the College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and student health called the (5) Health and Education Building, the (6) Advanced Engineering Research Building rising in brick from the engineering complex, the new (7) Agricultural Sciences Building, the (8) Evansdale Crossing hub beside the PRT engineering station that opens this fall and the Art Museum of WVU (not pictured, beside the Creative Arts Center). you can see our long-standing campus staples in both photos: (A) Agricultural Sciences Building, (B) Engineering Sciences Building, (C) Creative Arts Center and (D) Coliseum.

And that's not all. Many other projects from housing to academics to athletics have grown in the intervening years. But this latest boom is more than anything a sign that WVU is making an investment in academics for today's students and those yet to be born.

Below, take a look at how the Evansdale campus has changed throughout the years. For alumni, it's like meeting an old friend after years apart or, for students, seeing the family photo album of a new friend you just made.

An aerial photo of Evansdale campus acquired in January 1965.

This aerial photo, acquired Jan. 5, 1965, shows, from left, the Agricultural Engineering Building, the Agricultural Sciences Building and the Engineering Building with the downtown campus in the background. Photo courtesy West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

Construction of the ag buildings on the WVU Evansdale Campus on May 6, 1960.

The photo above shows an aerial view of the agriculture buildings under construction on May 6, 1960. Agriculture Sciences is on the top left and Agricultural Engineering is to the right. Photo courtesy West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

The WVU Creative Arts Center under construction some time prior to its 1969 dedication.

The Creative Arts Center under construction. Look at the wings on those cars! This photo was taken some time prior to the building's 1969 dedication. Photo courtesy West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

The WVU Coliseum during construction with the Creative Arts Center in the foreground.

With the Creative Arts Center completed in the foreground, crews were busy at work on the Coliseum in the background. Photo courtesy West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

The Evansdale Campus prior to 1975.

This undated photo shows the Evansdale campus with the Coliseum in the foreground. It appears to be taken before 1975 from the absence of the PRT. Photo courtesy West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

The Towers dormitories under construction circa 1965-68.

Take a look at the last two Towers dormitories under construction in this photo circa 1965-68. Photo courtesy West Virginia and Regional History Center, WVU Libraries.

We’re listening. You are our greatest voice. So use it. Use this form to send us story ideas, letters to the editor, questions for a future guest on Ask an Expert, memories for the Flashback section or tales for the Alumni Diary.

Flashback Archive

A Lot Changes in 40 or so Years

Compare the Evansdale campus of the 1960s with today's. There's been lots of exciting changes.

Continue Reading

Haunted Halls

If you were to walk the WVU campus in the fall, you might get involved in a haunting. Meet the ghostly visitors we caught on camera.

Continue Reading

I Have to Tell Her Story

Filmmaker returns home to tell one of Mountaineer history’s sweetest stories.

Continue Reading

The Sunnier Side of Sunnyside

See how Sunnyside has transformed over decades, and read the story of one of Mountaineer basketball’s most treasured supporters.

Continue Reading

Where Dad Took His Girl

Morgantown restaurant Comuntzis doesn't exist anymore. But the relationships made there are responsible for the founding of many Mountaineer families. Tell us your "meet cute" story in the comments.

Continue Reading

Your Commencement Stories

We laughed. We cried. We remembered. Now you can, too, with this collection of sweet and laugh-out-loud funny graduation memories.

Continue Reading