In 2005, Missouri Hall, the historic Columbia College 1920’s dormitory, housed its admissions department and some of the student services on its main floor, but the rest of the building had fallen into such a state of disrepair that it was rendered uninhabitable.
The renovators incorporated high quality wood replacement windows, retained the original structure and lines of the historic building, and creatively re-used original materials.
The student services are now housed in one location, with the Admissions Department on the main level adjacent to the historic lobby, parlor, and grand staircase. SOA’s design concept opened the grand stairway to a new east street side entry, flooding the public spaces with natural light, and renovated the west side courtyard with French doors opening to the main lobby, strengthening the building’s link to the Student Commons along with a new elevator and egress stair. The removal of a portion of the third floor to create a soaring two-story “one stop shop” for student services, and the refinishing of salvaged hardwood floors into contemporary ceiling panels reinforced the ties between the historic and modern uses of the building.