MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and his wife, Anne, will move in to the Chancellor’s Residence on campus after the university completes a renovation of the house to improve accessibility for those with disabilities.
Although the date for the move-in is yet to be determined, Sue Mills, MU’s director of development, said her office hopes to have the residence ready for the Deatons by December 2005. The house on Francis Quadrangle will be closed during construction.
Mills said the $1.2 million project will go out for bid in three months. Additions to the facilities will include an elevator at the back of the house, a breakfast nook and bathrooms accessible to those with disabilities.
Renovation funding will be raised by the Chancellor’s Residence Preservation Society, established by Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace’s wife, Patricia, in 1999.
Patricia Wallace said she started the society after seeing that the insides of the house were not reminiscent of 1867.
“That was a wonderful house,” she said. “I loved it and thought it would make a great project.”
Currently, the 28 board member society has raised more than $830,000 to cover the cost of first floor renovations. Another $6,700 was raised in September for an endowment fund devoted to furnishing the house with artwork from the late 19th century.
Board members include experts such as Marlene Perchinske, director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology, and past residents of the house such as Velma Schwada, wife of former Chancellor John Schwada.
The Deatons are excited about living in the residence, Mills said.
“Mrs. Anne Deaton has been invited by Mrs. Wallace to join the board,” Mills said. “She will attend board meetings and participate in making decisions, especially on the furnishings.”