An observatory was planned for the top of the third floor when Kretschmar Hall was built in 1962. However, since the third floor was not built at that time, neither was the observatory. When a third floor was finally added, it provided an opportunity to complete add this feature.
The construction of the Kretschmar Observatory has allowed Walla Walla University to take a leading role in supporting students in an age when they are being challenged to learn and integrate tremendous advances in the understanding of our universe. This is an opportunity that should not be missed.
The observatory is situated on the roof of Kretschmar Hall and is accessible via stair from the third floor of Kretcshmar Hall and via elevator from Chan Shun Pavilion. It is currently equipped with a 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and an external observation deck for use by smaller telescopes.