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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. An obelisk, the original tombstone of Thomas Jefferson stands in front of the Chancellor's Residence. It was gifted to the University by Jefferson's descendants in recognition of Missouri's ties to Virginia. In front of Jesse Hall stand markers honoring university president Richard Henry Jesse and Missouri governor David R. Francis. Nearby is another obelisk in memory of Missouri's first U.S. senator David Barton, The Missouri School of Journalism is located at the northeast corner of The Quad, comprising Walter Williams Hall, Neff Hall, Gannet Hall, along with the Reynolds Journalism Institute. To the west, Switzler Hall is the oldest academic building on campus, though the Residence on the Quad, home of the chancellor, is the oldest building overall. The University of Missouri College of Engineering completes the west side. Pickard Hall is currently closed due to radiation contamination from turn of the century experiments. Swallow Hall was recently renovated and houses the Departments of Anthropology, Visual Studies and Ancient Mediterranean Studies.
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  • I went to school here over 50 years ago, and still take a walk around the quadrangle whenever I can, just to remember those many treks there while I was in school. The columns are the remains of a... 
    I went to school here over 50 years ago, and still take a walk around the quadrangle whenever I can, just to remember those many treks there while I was in school. The columns are the remains of a...  more »
  • The Historic Centerpiece of the University of Missouri. This is A Beautiful Place to Walk and Enjoy the View of the Historic Columns Framed by the Gold-Domed Jesse Hall. Mature Trees and... 
    The Historic Centerpiece of the University of Missouri. This is A Beautiful Place to Walk and Enjoy the View of the Historic Columns Framed by the Gold-Domed Jesse Hall. Mature Trees and...  more »
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  • I have a MIZZOU college grad! This location on campus is very picturesque! I probably fell in love with the campus quicker than my student did! It was a beautiful graduation weekend and it’s best to see this location at night IMO
  • I was a little disappointed. Not a very big. menu. And the food wasn't that good. Have had better at a different cracker barrel in Columbia mo.

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