Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Howard Payne Hall

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Institution Name: Central Methodist University
Original/Historic Place Name: Howard Payne Hall
Location on Campus: South end of campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1852original construction Unknown
1854addition Unknown
1889addition Unknown
1911addition of porches Unknown
1921addition Unknown
1927addition of terraces Unknown
1957exterior remodeled Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1852-present (2007)residence hall

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

The original section of Howard-Payne Hall was a two-story rectangular building of red brick in the stretcher bond pattern featuring six brick pilasters across the front facade. The building was constructed as a boarding house for women who were attending Howard High School.

In October 1854, a 40 x 50 foot addition was added to the north and continued the decorative scheme of the original section; and in 1889, an 80 x 40 foot addition of four stories of red brick in the stretcher bond pattern with gabled, dormer windows was added to the east side of the building for additional dormitory space. This section opened in 1891 at a cost of $8,000. Porches were added in 1911 and then terraces in 1927.

In 1921 the final unit was added to Howard-Payne. It was a four story brick addition on the south side. This addition was identical in design to the original building. In 1957 the building was remodeled by removing the porches and demolishing the addition of 1854 plus 40 feet of the original main section.

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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