History of Ross Hall



On Tuesday, April 30, 1929, the ground breaking for the Ross Chemistry Laboratory was begun by Dr. Knapp and professor B. B. Ross. The cornerstone was laid on August 16, 1929; Ross was occupied in March, 1930; and dedication exercises were held at 5 p.m. on May 19, 1930. This $224,974.00 building was designed by Warren, Knight, and Davis and constructed by Frost Construction Company, Birmingham, Alabama. The March issue of "Alumnews" that year described the building:

[Ross Hall is a] Modern building of brick, stone, tile, and concrete, plus a small amount of wood. It is a fireproof building in Georgian style, three stories, containing 67 rooms. The three floors and basement total 42,000 sq.ft. Of the 67 rooms, 22 are small rooms for individual work. The floors are mastic tile and all working surfaces of laboratory desks are of alverine stone. Locks and other hardware are of solid brass. Seventeen fans are included to remove fumes. For repair, all pipes are exposed.

The building was named for Dr. B. B. Ross, who died April 4, 1930, just before the building was completed. The first use of the building was to house the body of the distinguished chemist whose name it bears, while hundreds of friends came to honor him. His body was brought from Florida to Auburn and at noon on Sunday, April 6th, the casket was moved to the Ross Chemistry Laboratory.