Minton Hall


Johnson & Cain


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Other Names - Central Hall
Men's Dormitory #5
Date Built - 1962-1963
Cost of Construction - $1,300,000
Architects - Frank Cain & Ben Johnson

Namesake: John Minton was born in Cadiz , Kentucky on July 29, 1921. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Prior to coming to WKU, Minton served as principal of Trigg County High School from 1953 to 1958. He became Associate Dean of Graduate Instruction in 1962, then Graduate Dean, and Administrative Vice-President in 1970. As Dero Downing's resignation went into effect January 8, 1979 Vice President John Minton was appointed interim president. He held this position through July 31, 1979 when Donald Zacharias was elected president. Minton served as Vice President of Student Affairs from 1979 until his retirement in 1986.

History: The eleven story building was an all male dorm when built. At the time, it was the tallest building in southern Kentucky. It contained space for 410 men and apartments for the director and assistant director a central elevator and air-conditioning. It was built on the old football practice field. The dorm was the tenth major building in seven years. The building, which houses 398 females, was dedicated on Oct. 25, 2002 to Dr. John D. Minton.

2004 - new furniture, lighting, floors and bathroom renovations

Park City Daily News:

1962 March 22; Sep. 26
1963 June 13
2002 Oct. 20 & 26
2004 Jan. 17

May Award Contract Today, Aug. 24, 1962


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