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This Beaux-Arts building with identical front and back facades was constructed as a classroom building for the Howard-Payne Junior College for Women. Interesting features include four smooth dressed stone panels with diamond shaped inserts per façade, 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.
Central Methodist College Campus Master Plan. Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO.
Tucker, Frank C. Central Methodist College: One Hundred and Ten Years. Nashville: Parthenon Press, 1967.