David R. Francis Quadrangle is the historical center of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Known as The Quad it is the oldest part of Red Campus and adjacent to Downtown Columbia at the south end of the Avenue of the Columns. At its center are six Ionic columns, all that remains of the original university building Academic Hall. Twelve buildings front the modern quadrangle including the domed main administration building Jesse Hall, the tallest building in Columbia. The Quad was designed and constructed by architect Morris Frederick Bell and his assistant William Lincoln Garver. It is named after Missouri governor David R. Francis. Eighteen structures, including the entire quad and most of Red Campus are listed as the Francis Quadrangle National Historic District. The original obelisk tombstone of Thomas Jefferson stands in front of the Chancellor's Residence. There are also markers honoring Missouri governors David R. Francis and Frederick Bates. The Missouri School of Journalism is located at the northeast corner of The Quad. Switzler Hall is the oldest academic building on campus.Plan to see Francis Quadrangle and other attractions that appeal to you using our Columbia online road trip planner .
Francis Quadrangle Reviews
I'm very struck by how exquisite the University of Missouri landscaping is--even in mid-October. It is very colorful, with creative combinations of plants. This is a lovely central quad on campus, sur... more »
Great architecture, large trees, green grass, landmark columns, and fat squirrels. Blankets and Frisbees optional. more »
One of the most pristine places of Mizzou! The green and the architecture is always pleasure to eyes.
One of the most beautiful university scenes ANYWHERE in the world. A classic. Be sure to check out one of the newer features, the bronze Thomas Jefferson, along with his original obelisk-shaped grave-marker, on the East side of the quadrangle.
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