Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Classic Hall

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Institution Name: Central Methodist University
Original/Historic Place Name: Classic Hall
Location on Campus: Across from Howard Payne Dormitory
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1911original construction Unknown
1967interior remodeled Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
1911-1923faculty offices (of Howard-Payne Junior College for Women)
1911-1923classrooms (of Howard-Payne Junior College for Women)
ca. 1924classrooms (of Central Methodist University)
ca. 1924faculty offices (of Central Methodist University)
ca. 2004other (vacant)

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

This Beaux-Arts building with identical front and back facades was constructed as a classroom building for the Howard-Payne Junior College for Women. Notable features include four smooth dressed stone panels with diamond shaped inserts per facade, two chimneys featuring three decorative steps offset left and right, a raised basement, and a boxed cornice with plain brackets. The interior originally featured a large auditorium for plays and recitals on the second floor with a grand staircase. The interior has been remodeled several times, with the last renovation completed in 1967. The only alterations on the exterior are different windows and a side entrance.

Classic Hall cost over $40,000 to construct, and Howard-Payne College never financially recovered from this drain on its resources. The debt forced Howard-Payne to merge with Central College in 1923.

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:
Government Offices

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