Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Brannock Hall

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Institution Name: Central Methodist University
Original/Historic Place Name: The College Building; The Academy
Location on Campus: Main Quad
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1856original construction Jenkins, Solomon
1911exterior remodeled; addition of matching front and back porches Unknown
1955exterior remodeled Unknown
1995exterior remodeled Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1856-present (2007)administration
ca. 2004-present (2007)residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2007)classrooms

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterCentral Methodist College Campus Historic District (1980)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

This three story Italianate style building is the oldest building on the original Central College campus. Sometimes referred to as the College Building, it was built to replace the Howard High School building after it had burned down. Classes began in Brannock on September 28, 1857 and except for a period during the Civil War when the college was ordered closed, 1864-1865, the building has been in continual use for some type of educational purpose.

Brannock is a T-shaped, three story building constructed of brick in the stretcher bond pattern with a medium gable, shingled roof. The front façade is flanked by two square towers, originally of unequal height. A boxed pediment with a circular window and plain cornice is between the towers; quoins are on the ends of the building. A belt course runs between the first and second floor. The side facades have boxed pediments identical to the front. In 1911, three Roman arches were added to form a porch between the towers, and an identical porch was added to the rear of the building. The red brick was painted white in 1955 and returned to the original brick color in 1995. The building is in excellent condition.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Central Methodist College Campus Master Plan. Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO.

McVicker, Maryellen H., Larry Dimond, June Thade, Bartlett Jones, and Sue Koch. Central Methodist College Campus Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1980.

Tucker, Frank C. Central Methodist College: One Hundred and Ten Years. Nashville: Parthenon Press, 1967.

II. Location of other data:
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