Friday, August 6, 2010 | 12:12 p.m. CDT
Missourian photographer Andrea Tessler was walking on the MU campus on Thursday and gave directions to a woman who was looking for Gwynn Hall. It turns out the woman, Shirley Gwynn-Crane, was the granddaughter of Eliza Gwynn, whose family donated the money for the construction of Gwynn Hall.
Gwynn-Crane said she herself had never seen the building, which is part of MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences. "My husband and I were driving through and decided since we were in the area we would try to find it."
Pausing before a display of women's fashion at the time of Gwynn Hall's construction, Shirley Gwynn-Crane said she couldn't help but remark on the corsets. "Look at that 18-inch waist! Nobody is that tiny when they are 7 years old!"
Shirley Gwynn-Crane and her husband, Charles Crane, decided to explore Gwynn Hall as they passed through Columbia on Thursday, Aug. 5. They discovered a portrait of Gwynn-Crane's great-aunt Marie Louise Gwynn hanging in the lounge. "Oh my goodness there she is," Gwynn-Crane said as she entered the room.
"My, she was a beautiful woman, wasn't she?" said Shirley Gwynn-Crane about the portrait of her great aunt Marie Louise Gwynn that hangs in the lounge of Gwynn Hall.