Missouri Hall, at Columbia College, was built more than 80 years ago. Built in Tudor-gothic architectural style accented by large bay windows and steep vaulted roofs, the hall was first used as a residence hall.
Completed in 1920, Missouri Hall has maintained its style. Original plans for the hall were adapted from a hotel in Mississippi so that upon completion, it could house 110 women. This was done to reduce crowding in the other residence halls on campus, such as St. Clair Hall. The name was chosen to honor donors from the state of Missouri.
Luella St. Clair Moss, who served as president of then-all-female Christian College from 1893 to 1920, led construction of Missouri Hall, as well as St. Clair and Dorsey halls and Launer Auditorium.
Bob Hutton, director of plant and facilities operations at Columbia College, said there are plans for the renovation of Missouri Hall now that a campus master plan has been approved by the City Council. The hall’s inside will be redone and will include a new electrical system and new plumbing.
“We will renovate the outside as well with new windows and masonry repair,” Hutton said, “but we will look at the architectural style and try to keep its historic features.”
Missouri Hall is home to admissions, registration, transcripts and both the writing and math centers for the college. Once renovations are complete, the hall is meant to be a one-stop complex for students’ and guests’ needs.
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