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:
1852original construction
1854addition
1889addition
1921addition
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
 
Function:
ca. 1852-present (2006)residence hall
 

Narrative:
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 façade. 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 1854 addition plus 40 feet of the original main section.
 

References:

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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