Washington University in St. Louis

1853 - Present

Brookings Hall was one of the first buildings on the Danforth Campus. The cornerstone for Brookings (then University) Hall was laid on November 3, 1900, and construction was completed in 1902. The architects were the Philadelphia firm Cope & Stewardson, represented by James P. Jamieson. The general contractor was Bright Construction Company. These companies worked together on other early campus buildings. It was leased to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company for use during the 1904 World’s Fair as the Administration Building. The building was occupied as the administrative center by the university in February 1905, and was known for many years thereafter as University Hall. The name was officially changed to Brookings Hall on June 12, 1928.

Object Details

Categories: Education

Date: 1853 - Present

Subject: Universities and colleges

Collection Name: Washington University Photographic Services Collection, Department of Multimedia, Office of Public Affairs, Washington University in St. Louis

Contributing Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

Accession Number: ALDV-7510_0037

Region: St. Louis Metro

Type: Photograph

Latitude: 38.648085

Longitude: -90.305620

Related Article

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louisans founded Washington University for the city. As the needs of the community of St. Louis have changed, the university has grown with those changes. The university was established in 1853 by local businessman and politician Wayman Crow. Washington University owed its early development to educator and minister William Greenleaf Eliot. The university’s mission …

Continue Reading