Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


T. Berry Smith Hall

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Institution Name: Central Methodist University
Original/Historic Place Name: Science Hall
Location on Campus: North of Main Quad
Date(s) of Construction:
1895original construction Root, W. C.
Designer: W. C. Root
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1895academic department building (science)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms

This three-story, yellow brick building is in stretcher bond pattern with a raised basement. It is built on the highest point on the Central Methodist College campus. The tower is offset to the left on the front façade and offers a view from its platform for miles around. The tower features a shingled hexagonal roof with slate ribs, a boxed cornice with plain brackets, a hexagonal viewing platform with Roman arch windows, decorative finial, and a parapet with brass railing and spindles. Under the parapet is a boxed cornice with plain brackets and decorated frieze containing four round windows per side. A belt course separates this upper third of the tower from the lower two thirds. Two Roman arched windows in a small arcade interrupt another belt course approximately one half of the way up the tower. A much smaller tower topped by a brass railing and conical roof is immediately adjacent to the tower to the left and reaches to the top of the high hip roof. A three story projecting bay with a complex shingled roof is in the center of the front façade. An arcade of eight windows circles this bay or the top two stories, and a belt course separates it from the five windows in the bottom story. To the right of the rotunda is a squat tower featuring a pyramidal roof over a boxed cornice with plain brackets. A three window arcade interrupts a belt course while another belt course serves as the sill for the windows of the arcade. An arcade of windows also runs across the third floor of the building with stone sills under each window. The main entrance is through a porch flanked by four Corinthian pilasters on each side of the steps and three Corinthian pilasters on a pier adjacent to the door. The plain entablature on the front is embellished with egg and dart molding and two marble torches, plus the phrase "Apply thine heart unto instruction and thine ears to the words of knowledge."


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.


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