Did you know Old Main is Western's original (and was, at one point, Western's only) building? 
Construction began on Old Main in 1895, which opened in 1899 to provided space for all New Whatcom Normal School (as Western was once known) academic needs.

Several construction projects and name changes later, Western is the sprawling, bustling campus you see today--and it all started with just one building.

Photo: @yoxtheimer / University Communications and Marketing Intern
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  • westernwashingtonuniversityDid you know Old Main is Western's original (and was, at one point, Western's only) building?
    Construction began on Old Main in 1895, which opened in 1899 to provided space for all New Whatcom Normal School (as Western was once known) academic needs.

    Several construction projects and name changes later, Western is the sprawling, bustling campus you see today--and it all started with just one building.

    Photo: @yoxtheimer / University Communications and Marketing Intern

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