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UO to move historic Collier House

The university has been working on a process since May to move the historic home and replace it with a building with classrooms and faculty offices.

Posted: Nov 26, 2018 11:13 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A historic home on the University of Oregon campus is slated to be replaced by a new building filled with classrooms and faculty offices.

The Collier House on the University of Oregon campus will soon be picked up and moved to another location in Eugene to make room for a 60,000 square foot classroom and faculty office building.

"If they build a building there, I'm pretty much neither here nor there on it," said student Shiloh Kamrath.

Students we talked to agree that most people probably barely notice the historic building on campus that's being used by the college of music and dance.

However, to hear that it could be moved has them wondering, how?

"Personally, I'm surprised that they're going to do that because to me, that just seems like it would be an incredible expense," Kamrath said. "I'm not even sure how they'd go about that in the first place. Taking it apart piece by piece? Or in sections? It seems like to me that would be more of an expense."

That part has not been decided yet, and neither has the final location for that historic home.

The process for moving the Collier House just began in May of this year.

Students said moving the house and adding a new building across from the memorial union could be beneficial.

"I think the vast majority of students really have no connection to the Collier House on a day-to-day basis," Kamrath said. "Even a lot of music school students have that many. Again, I've barely noticed it's there."

The Campus Planning Committee will be meeting on November 27th to discuss the three remaining site options for the Collier House, and they have already started working with the city to determine the next steps in this process.

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