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Recent media coverage of historic people and places is below. For more such media coverage, please go to Columbia Historic Home’s MU Media Coverage page.

  • Feb. 2, 2018 — New dorm to honor Lucile Bluford’s legacy, Columbia Missourian. Summary: MU will name a residence hall for African American journalist Lucile Bluford. The atrium of the building will be named after Gus T. Ridgel, the first African American to graduate from MU. Bluford attempted to attend MU School of Journalism graduate program but was turned down due to her race. She continued to fight that decision in court until MU closed it’s journalism graduate program in 1941 after the state Supreme Court ruled in her favor according to the State Historical Society of Missouri’s website. The School said it was due to lack of enrollment due to World War II.
  • June 29, 2017 — Columbia, Missouri: A lesson in art history, Vox magazine of the Columbia Missourian. Summary: A collection of five articles about theatres in Columbia, includes timelines for several theatres. Those covered include the Missouri Theatre, the Maplewood Barn Theatre, the Hall Theatre, Rynsburger, Jesse Auditorium.
  • June 28, 2016 — Sigma Nu comes down, Columbia Missourian. Summary: The fraternity house at 710 S. College Ave. is demolished. A new fraternity house will replace it.
  • Feb. 5, 2013 — Columbia’s 2013 Most Notable Properties. Six properties, including a business rather than a property per se, were named to the Columbia Most Notable Properties list. Columbia Missourian article.

Talk about historic – the University of Missouri-Columbia was established in 1839. It was the first state university established west of the Mississippi River.

In 1973, 18 buildings at the University were placed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Francis Quadrangle Historic District. The area, bound by Conley Avenue and Elm, Ninth and Sixth streets, is also called the “Red Campus,” so named for the red brick used throughout. This area, the NRHP nomination form notes, “is significant as the oldest, most monumental expression of the quadrangle type of campus planning in the state.”

Starting in 1998, Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission began recognizing historic buildings and endorsed the historic significance of 11 university or university affiliated buildings by adding them to its Notable Properties list.

Francis Quadrangle

These buildings represent several architectural styles: Richardsonian Romanesque, High Victorian Italianate, High Gothic, Georgian Revival and Classical Revival styles, according to the Historic Register nomination form.

  • Jesse Hall, 1895, named to the National Register in 1973 and to the Notable Properties list in 1998
  • Parker Memorial Hospital, 1901, now known as Parker Hall, was named to the National Register in 1973 and the Notable Properties list in 2000.
  • Pickard Hall, 1892, named to the National Register in 1973 and the Notable Properties list in 2001.
  • Swallow Hall,  1901, named to the National Register in 1973 and the Notable Properties list in 2002.
  • Switzler Hall, 1892-93, named to the National Register in 1973 and the Notable Properties list in 2003.
  • The Memorial Gateway, 1890-1915, named to the National Register in 1973 and the Notable Properties list in 2005.

Other MU Historic Buildings

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