The University of Oregon plans to spend $8.5 million for a campus central kitchen and furniture repair shop. To make room, the university will raze a dozen tiny cottages dating to the years after World War II.
The cottages were meant to be temporary. In the years after the war, American colleges and universities were scrambling to accommodate returning veterans going to school on the GI Bill.
In Eugene, the Register-Guard reports, the university's enrollment jumped 81 percent.
The dozen cottages of Columbia Terrace were built in 1946. They are 576 square feet with a single bedroom, living room, kitchen and bath - shower, no tub. The rent is $525 a month.
The central kitchen will replace one dating to 1949 and consolidate a separate catering operation.