The West Gym was built in 1964 as a replacement for Sayles-Hill Gymnasium.
The building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect who also designed the fourth floor addition to Myers Hall, Goodhue Hall, Olin, Cowling, and Watson Hall. (Yamasaki also designed the World Trade Center in New York.)
Before the Music and Drama Center was built, from time to time, West Gym was pressed into service for Carleton Student Association concert bookings for groups such as Judy Collins, Ian and Sylvia, and "It's A Beautiful Day."
The building houses the school's competition basketball court, Thorpe Pool, a wrestling training room, an athletic-training room, and offices for some of the athletic coaches and staff. It is located next to Laird Stadium