Horticultural Laboratory, circa 1913. Note the parti-color shingles, the greenhouse at rear. Photo Credit: Beal, p. 88.
Liberty Hyde Bailey is often credited with designing this building, the first separate horticulture laboratory in the United States. Even the historic marker mounted by the front entrance makes this claim. However, Stanford & Dewhurst suggest that the architect was William D. Appleyard, a name they likely took from the Physical Plant Building Data Book. A reasonable assumption might be that Professor Bailey provided the general design concepts for the laboratory, and then a professional architect incorporated those elements into a solidly engineered building. Appleyard was also the architect of the Library–Museum and Abbot Hall.[Stanford, p. 60. Physical Plant, p. 14]
After the new Horticulture building, now known as “Old Horticulture,” was constructed in 1924, this became the home of the Basic College, and later the Honors College. In 1961 it was renamed in memory of Harry J. Eustace (M.A.C. ’01), Chair of the Horticulture Department (1908–1919). A $3 million donation by former honors student Jeffrey Cole (M.S.U. ’70) and his wife, Kathryn (M.S.U. MBA ’90), for renovations to the structure led to its being renamed as Eustace–Cole Hall in 1999.
The Old Old Horticulture building is on both state and national historic registers.
An ivy-covered hall: intricate patterns on the rear (east) wall of Eustace Hall, Autumn 1992. The ivy was removed during the 1998–99 restoration, for the sake of the building’s health. A later addition now hides much of this wall. Photo Credit: Kevin S. Forsyth.