building displayed in this postcard was the first building constructed
on the new Southwest Missouri State Normal School campus. From 1906
until 1908 the new normal school rented the campus of the
Springfield Normal School at Pickwick and Cherry. In 1908 the
first building was constructed at the National Boulevard (now Avenue)
campus where the main part of the campus now sits.
The original building was called Academic Hall. It cost $201,393
to build in 1907-8. The St. Louis firm of Drischler and Elsner designed
the limestone-faced building. The auditorium wing of the building
was added in 1912. It originally seated 1,150. The stage was considered
by many to be too small, especially when the new pipe organ was
installed on the stage.
In 1940 the gymnasium on the ground floor of the auditorium wing
was turned into a social center, or place for the students to meet.
When the Student Center was built in 1951 the space was converted
to a bookstore. In 1965 it was made the finance offices of the college.
The concrete used to build the pillars and portico of the main entrance
gradually deteriorated over the years and by 1945 it was necessary
to replace them. This was done and at the same time the wording
on the cornice was changed from Academic Hall to Administration
Building. It remained the Administration Building until the 1970s
when it was renamed Carrington Hall after the first president of
the College, William T. Carrington. In 1977 the building became
a historic site.