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St. Clair Hall selected as a notable historic property

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission has selected St. Clair Hall as one of Columbia's 10 Notable Historic properties - the third Columbia College building to receive this honor. The commission presented the award Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Tiger Hotel.

St. Clair Hall was built by President Luella St. Clair in 1900. The building made the college much more attractive to students and caused a significant increase in enrollment, which enabled it to enter into a period of economic stability, thus ensuring its success. St. Clair Hall is named in memory of President St. Clair's husband, Frank, who assumed the presidency of the college in June 1893, only to die in November. Luella St. Clair succeeded her husband as president in December 1893. She became one of the first female college presidents in the country and served three different terms as president.

St. Clair Hall joins Williams Hall and Launer Hall on the list as well as the college's partner in education, Field Elementary School. The building has served as dorm rooms, classrooms and administrative offices. Singer and Hollywood star Jane Froman and Deborah Bryant, Miss America 1966, are among many notable students who lived in St. Clair Hall.

Since 1999, the annual 10 Most Notable Properties event has been an opportunity for the public to view some of Columbia's finest historic and architecturally significant properties.

Bob Hutton, director of administrative services for the college, received the award from Brian Treece, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission.

"It's a great honor to receive this award," said Hutton. "Columbia College has always had great regard for our historic buildings and we try to maintain them with that perspective in mind."