University Archives
University of California, Davis Buildings & Land Use History Timelines

by John Skarstad

1900
  • Armstrong Red Barn built (acquired with Armstrong Tract).
  • Barns #1 and #2 built (acquired with Campbell tract)
1906
  • Selection of 779-acre Sparks-Devlin-Hamel tract near Davisville as site of University Farm; price paid $104,250.
1907
  • Creamery built.
  • Judging Barn (Wyatt Pavilion) built. First building built for University Farm.
1908
  • Dairy Barn built.
  • Farm Director's residence (University House) built.
  • North Hall built.
  • Agronomy Seed Laboratory (Viticulture Field Laboratory) built.
1909
  • East Hall built.
  • Poultry buildings built.
  • Viticulture Field Building (Old) built.
1910
  • Experimental Barn (old) built.
  • TB-10 (animal science, then plant pathology, then art) built.
1912
  • Landscape Horticulture built.
  • South Hall completed (includes 3-bed infirmary).
1913
  • Hog Barn built.
1914
  • West Hall completed.
  • First administration office building (Cross Cultural Center in 2000) built.
  • Beef Barn (old) built.
  • HA-2 (foreman's cottage) built.
1915
  • Class Room Building (C.R.B.) completed (includes library room).
  • Feed Rack Shed built.
1916
  • Viticulture Dehydrator Shed built.
1918
  • Poultry Husbandry Laboratory built.
1919
  • Steer Barn built.
1920
  • Rec Hall completed after 5-year campaign.
  • Horticulture Building.
  • Dairy Building (first permanent non-wood buildings).
  • Agronomy Seed House built.
  • Calf Shed built.
  • Ram Barn built.
  • Vegetable Crops Seed Storage Building built.
1921
  • Dairy Cattle Shed built.
  • Hopkins main barn built (sheep barn acquired with Hopkins Tract).
  • Implement Storage (Agricultural Services) built.
  • Pomology Office Building built.
1922
  • Horticulture Building and Roadhouse Hall (Dairy Industry building) completed (first two permanent buildings).
  • Implement Shed built.
1923
  • Vegetable Crops Field House built.
1924
  • New infirmary.
  • Bee House built.
  • Horse barn shed built.
  • Livestock Nutrition-Feed Laboratory built.
  • TB #24 (Stock Judging Barn, Bike Barn) built.
1925
  • Cork oaks planted around the quad.
1927
  • Engineering building completed (Walker Hall).
  • Greenhouses and headhouses #10, 11, 13, 14 built.
  • Walker Hall completed.
1928
  • Animal Science Building completed (Hart Hall).
  • Horse Barn (large) built.
  • Memorial Gate constructed by students for Labor Day project.
  • Campus roads paved.
1929
  • Walker Engineering Annex built.
1930
  • Open Stall Shed built.
1932
  • Quad seeded with grass.; sprinkler system installed (by students on Labor Day?).
1934
  • Lathhouse #5 built.
  • Vegetable Crops Bulb House built.
1936
  • Home Economics Practice Cottage built.
  • Home Management House built.
1937
  • Class Room Building (C.R.B.) condemned.
  • Library moved from C.R.B. to old gym (rec hall) during Christmas vacation.
  • Lathhouse #3 built.
  • TB #13 relocated to campus.
  • Wolfskill Experimental Orchard near Winters acquired.
1938
  • Hickey Gym built at a cost of $350,000.
  • Barns #1 and #2 built (acquired with James and Marion Hurry property).
  • Brucellosis Cattle Barn and Laboratory built.
  • HD-1 Old Baxter residence acquired with Hopkins Tract.
  • Physical Education Building (Hickey Gym) completed.
  • Physics Building (Art Annex) built.
  • TB #18 built.
1939
  • Enology Laboratory completed.
  • Walnut Plant and Shop built.
1940
  • Agronomy Warehouse built.
  • Fire House completed.
  • Greenhouse #12 built.
  • Greenhouse and headhouse #30 built.
  • Library and Administration Building (now Shields Library) completed.
  • Pomology Cutting Shed built.
  • TB #15 relocated to campus.
1941
  • Hydraulics Laboratory and Irrigation Shop built.
  • Physical Sciences Building (Young Hall) completed.
  • Veterinary Medicine Turkey Disease facility built.
  • Redwoods planted along Putah Creek.
1942
  • Manhattan Project in Chemistry Building (Young Hall).
  • HB-7 acquired with Sheffer Tract.
1943
  • Physics Cyclotron built.
  • Poultry Field Headquarters built.
  • TB #20 and #21 built.
1944
  • Animal Husbandry Machinery (hay) Shed
1945
  • HB-1, 3, 4, 5 acquired with Armstrong Tract and moved onto campus.
1947
  • A-B-C dorms and Aggie Villa created from surplus government housing.
  • Artificial Insemination Barn (north) completed.
  • Apiary completed.
  • Airport Office, Shop and Hangar built (part of the original Hopkins airport).
  • TB #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #9 bought from federal government as war surplus.
  • TB #16 relocated to campus.
  • TB #19 built.
1948
  • Aggie Villa completed.
  • TB #22 built.
  • University acquires Straloch Farm, first and only University-owned airport in California.
1949
  • Agricultural Services Office moved from old farm division area (formerly nine-man bunk house).
  • Greenhouses and headhouses #31-32 built.
  • Haring Hall completed.
  • Hunt Hall completed.
  • Kennels Building built.
  • Large Animal Barn built.
  • Veihmeyer Hall completed.
  • Veihmeyer Secondary Storage completed.
  • Veterinary Medicine Shop, Garage, and Dormitory completed.
1950
  • Grounds Shop built.
  • Pomology Field Building built.
  • Poultry Husbandry Field Headquarters (chicken brooder, chicken laying, chicken pedigree, turkey breeder, turkey pens, and turkey nutrition) completed.
1951
  • Beckett and Hughes halls occupied.
  • Cruess Hall completed.
  • Artificial Insemination Barn (south) completed.
  • Primero Halls (Beckett Hall, Food Service, and Hughes Hall) completed.
  • Sewage Treatment Plant completed.
  • TB #14 relocated to campus.
  • Transmissible Gastroenteritis built.
1952
  • Home Economics building completed.
  • Cowell Health Center completed.
  • Animal Shelter Shed built.
  • Chancellor's residence bought from Knowles Ryerson.
  • Cruess Hall completed.
  • HC-2 acquired with Brooks property.
  • Home Economics (Everson Hall) building completed.
  • Poultry Field Laboratories #1 and 2 built.
  • Poultry Service Building built.
  • Poultry Turkey Breeder built.
1953
  • West Hall razed.
  • Beef Barn and Shelter built.
  • Greenhouse #15 built.
  • Greenhouses and headhouses #20-25 built.
  • Insectary Building built.
  • Sheep Field Laboratory and Shelter completed.
  • Vegetable Crops Wash and Implement Shed built.
1954
  • AEC Dog Quonset.
  • Farm Practice Shop built.
  • Poultry Husbandry Building completed.
1955
  • Dedication of Memorial Union to 128 Cal Aggies lost in military service.
  • Corporation Yard completed.
  • Greenhouse and headhouse #19 built.
  • Laboratory Animal Housing, Building A completed.
  • Library Addition built.
  • Memorial Union completed.
  • Plant Pathology Field Headquarters Building built.
  • Viticulture Field Building built.
1956
  • Agricultural Equipment Storage (E) Landscape Horticulture Field Headquarters and Laboratory, and Lathhouse #4 built.
  • Struve Hall built.
  • Arboretum improvements along Putah Creek.
1957
  • Bleachers for football field built.
  • Greenhouse #40 built.
  • HE-1 acquired with Campbell Tract.
  • Lathhouse #1 built.
1958
  • Campbell Tract Field Buildings completed (Agronomy, Irrigation, and Zoology field laboratories).
  • Dairy Cattle Research (calf barn, hay barns, lounging sheds, milking center, research barn) completed.
  • Greenhouses and headhouses #60-62 built.
  • Screenhouse #3 (for Plant Pathology) built.
  • Screenhouse #7 (for Vegetable Crops) built.
  • Strontium 90 Animal Quarters built.
1959
  • Avian Medicine completed.
  • Farm Practice Equipment Shed built.
  • Food Technology Storage Shed built.
  • Hoagland Hall completed.
  • Hoagland Hall Secondary Storage built.
  • Landscape Horticulture Shade Shelter built.
  • Lathhouses #14 and 19 built.
  • Phytotron #1 built.
  • Vegetable Crops Machinery Shed built.
  • Voorhies Hall completed.
  • Wickson Hall completed.
1960
  • Bacterial Canker Research Laboratory built.
  • Greenhouses #50 (A-F) built.
  • Landscape Horticulture Laboratory and Storage built.
  • Robbins Hall completed.
  • Screenhouse #8 (for Vegetable Crops) built.
  • Segundo Halls (Bixby Hall, Food Services, Gilmore Hall, and Malcolm Hall) completed.
  • Strontium 90 Clinic built.
1961
  • Feed Mill (hay barn, mill building) built.
  • Freeborn Hall completed.
  • Irrigation and Drainage Laboratory #1 built.
  • Poultry Egg Laying House built.
  • Strontium 90 Office and Laboratory built.
  • Strontium 90 Pump House built.
1962
  • Agricultural Services Field Headquarters (A-D).
  • Bovine Leukemia Sheds #1 and #2 built.
  • Experimental Sheep Facility built.
  • Hydraulics Laboratory and Irrigation Shop addition built.
  • Irrigation Storage built.
  • Marsupial Houses built.
  • Solano Park Apartments completed.
  • Physical Sciences Building Addition built.
  • Screenhouse #10 (for Pomology) built.
  • Screenhouse #11 (for Botany) built.
1963
  • Cattle Feed Facility built.
  • Chronic Acceleration Research Laboratory built.
  • Fire Station (Hopkins Area) built.
  • Hutchison Hall completed.
  • Irrigation and Drainage Laboratory #2 built.
  • Library East Wing built.
  • Olson Hall completed.
  • Physical Education Building Addition built.
  • Pomology Field Headquarters (field laboratory, dehydrator, implement shed) completed.
  • Sproul Hall completed.
  • Strontium 90 Sewage Plant Shelter built.
  • Veterinary Medicine Feed Storing and Milling Facility built.
  • Vivarium Headquarters built.
1964
  • Agriculture Toxicology Building completed.
  • Bacteriology-Laboratory Animal Housing C built.
  • Bovine Abortion Isolation Barn built.
  • Chronic Acceleration Research Laboratory Cage House built.
  • Experimental Bird Building built.
  • Feed Mill Hay Storage Addition built.
  • Laboratory Animal Housing, Buildings B and D completed.
  • Metabolic Research built.
  • Orchard Park Apartments completed.
  • Ryerson Hall completed.
  • Screenhouse #9 (for Plant Pathology) built.
  • Strontium 90 Radiation Injection and Caretakers Quarters built.
  • Student Recreation Lodge built.
  • Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Quarters #2 built.
  • Weather Station built.
1965
  • Airport Hangar #3 completed.
  • Avian Disease Facility built.
  • Crocker Nuclear Laboratory built.
  • Greenhouses #70-71 built.
  • Mastitis Research built.
  • Physical Sciences II (Chemistry) completed.
  • Phytotron #2 built.
  • Plant Growth Research Unit #1 (headhouse #3, greenhouses #301-320, headhouse #6, and greenhouses #601-620) completed.
  • Primate Center completed.
  • Regan Halls completed.
  • Sheep Barn built.
  • Vegetable Crops Controlled Temperature Facilities completed.
1966
  • Administration Building (Mrak Hall) completed.
  • Bainer Hall completed.
  • Cowell Health Center Addition completed.
  • Cruess Hall Addition completed.
  • Ecological Research Facilities (outside animal pens, research building) completed.
  • General Services building (telephone center).
  • Humanities Complex (Art, Dramatic Art and Speech, and Music buildings) completed.
  • Memorial Union Addition completed.
  • Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Isolation Housing built.
1967
  • Engineering Building completed.
  • Library South Wing built.
  • Tercero Halls completed.
1968
  • Cole Facility completed.
  • King Hall completed.
  • Storer Hall completed.
1969
  • Wellman Hall completed.
  • Kerr Hall completed.
1970
  • Leach Hall completed.
1971
  • Briggs Hall completed.
  • Kleiber Hall completed.
  • Roessler Hall completed.
1972
  • Baggins End completed.
1976
  • Carson Health Sciences Library completed.
1977
  • Tupper Hall completed.
  • Schalm Hall completed.
1985
  • Parsons Seed Certification Center completed.
1987
  • Meyer Hall completed.
1988
  • Thurman Laboratory completed.
1990
  • Library West Wing completed.
1991
  • Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center completed.
1994
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Building completed.
1997
  • Aggie Village completed.
1998
  • Heidrick Center for Agricultural Equipment completed.
  • Dutton Hall completed.
1999
  • Maddy Laboratory completed.
2002
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences Building completed.
  • Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts completed.
2003
  • Marya Welch Tennis Center completed.
2004
  • Activities and Recreation Center completed.
  • Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility completed.
  • Center for Companion Animal Health completed.
  • Ted and Rand Schaal Aquatics Center completed.
  • Sciences Laboratory Building completed.
2005
  • Watershed Sciences Building completed.
2006
  • Gladys Valley Hall completed.
  • Mathematical Sciences Building completed.
2007
  • Art Annex Conversion to Technocultural Studies Department completed.
  • Campus Child Care Center completed.
  • Multi-Use Stadium completed.
  • Vet Med 3A completed.
  • Warren & Leta Giedt Hall completed.
2008
  • Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science completed.
2009
  • Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. Hall completed.
  • Earth and Physical Sciences Building completed.
2010
  • Student Health and Wellness Center completed.
  • Conference Center completed.
  • Campus hotel (Hyatt Place) completed.
  • Winery, brewery and food-processing complex completed.
2011
  • Student Community Center completed.
2013
  • Vet Med 3B completed.