October 26th, 2000
WVU campus drawings by an architect who designed or remodeled many campus buildings are now available in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection (WVRHC) through a donation by the family last year.
Beginning in the late 1950s and up into the 1980s, Robert J. Bennett was involved in much work at WVU. His designs included the Chemistry Building Annex (’66), Knapp Hall (’65), the Evansdale Library (’78), and others including several renovations.
His estate donated the drawings, more than a score, through Bennett’s wife, Jacqueline R. Bennett, and daughter Sandy Bennett Taylor. Bennett died in 1996.
The drawings have been processed by the WVRHC and became available the first of October.
“We are really pleased to have this documentation of many of our buildings and their renovations available as a resource for those who seek additional knowledge about our campus,” said John Cuthbert, curator. “And we certainly appreciate the generosity of the Bennett family in making this important donation to enhance our archival materials.”