“Meet Me at the TUB”: Student Facilities at Utah State 

The college experience has always been part study and part social life. Aggies value their education, but they also enjoy social activities, recreation, relaxation, and taking a break from their studies. USU’s built environment reflects these student needs.

Family Life Building, 1960s
Home Economics/Commons (Family Life) Building, c. 1960s
(Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections & Archives, USU Historical Photo-board Collection, photo no. USU-A0082)

Home Economics/Commons (1935–)

Despite the Great Depression, USAC added some of its most unique structures during the 1930s. Completed in 1935 using federal Public Works Administration (PWA) funds, the Home Economics (Family Life) Building housed the School of Home Economics along with the student newspaper and yearbook offices. It also included a bookstore and cafeteria and served as the campus commons. Considered one of Utah’s finest examples of Art Deco style architecture, the National Park Service listed it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Temporary Union Building (1945–1952)

In 1945, determined Aggies remodeled the old army mess hall (moved to campus during WWII), transforming it into the Temporary Union Building (or TUB for short). Students danced, sipped Coca-Cola, and listened to the popular music of the day. One student even celebrated the TUB by composing his own rendition of the Andrews Sisters’ “Pistol Packin’ Mama.”