Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Science Building

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Institution Name: Fontbonne University
Original/Historic Place Name: Science Building
Location on Campus: 6800 Wydown Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1924-1925original construction Groves, Albert B.
Designer: Albert B. Groves
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: Missouri red granite
Walls: Missouri red granite
Roof: flat gravelled
ca. 1924-present (2006)classrooms (science labs)

The Sisters of St. Joseph founded Fontbonne University 1907 as a college for women. Construction on the campus began in 1924 after sufficient funds were available, and the three granite structures that were built (Ryan Hall, Science Building, and East Building) represent the culmination of the Sisters' hopes and dreams of making a contribution to the higher education of women. The current structures are in good condition and have been modified over the years to better suit the needs of the students.


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