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Francis Quadrangle, Columbia

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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.
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  • This is a center piece for all of Columbia. It is the historical point that ties the campus to the community. Great old buildings and what a major campus should look like.  more »
  • This is a wonderful walk in the middle of the mizzou campus. The centerpiece is Jesse hall where all kinds of entertainment happens. The gardens and plantings around the quad are fantastic in the...  more »
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  • 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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