Strong Hall - The University Of Kansas

Strong Hall - The University Of Kansas


Surging enrollments after 1900 made a new administration and classroom building necessary, and Chancellor Frank H. Strong (1902-1920) began petitioning the legislature for funding. St. Louis architect Montrose Pallen McArdle was hired to design the building that Strong and the regents hoped would be "the center of the University architecture as well as the University life." State Architect John Stanton, art professor William A. Griffith and College Dean Olin Templin advised. McArdle's grandiose, $500,000 Classical Renaissance design had pillars, a rotunda, an art gallery and a classical museum. The Legislature balked, and the plans were scaled back, although echoes of the original exist; it now has a Classical Revival style. For more, visit:

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