Structural History of UT Martin

Name(s) of Building: McWherter Agriculture Complex and the West Tennessee Agriculture Pavilion


Construction Dates: 1983-1984, 1988-1989

Cost: $2,042,418; $977,650

Brief History:

The West Tennessee Agriculture Pavilion, an 82,000 square foot multi-purpose facility, was completed in May of 1984 on the site of Lovelace house and a post-war faculty/married student housing complex irreverently termed "Incubator Hill." Its main feature is a 24,000 square foot indoor rodeo arena. The building seats 3,000 people and incorporates an 32-stall animal holding area, tack room, and grooming areas. A 150-stall barn was built adjacent to the pavilion in 1989. The building was officially named the McWherter Agriculture Complex in 1995, honoring Weakley County native Governor Ned Ray McWherter.


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With the official opening on June 9, 1995, the library expanded to 120,000 square feet, and the renovation included space for a Special Collections area, a Media Center, and group study space.

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