Reflections on the columns
In the center of Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri-Columbia stand six, scarred Ionic columns, the traditional symbol of the campus. These towering columns are the only remains of Academic Hall, the University's first building, destroyed by fire in 1892. More than a century old, the columns not only have survived fire, but also the elements, wars, comedy and even tragedy. ... To most students and alumni, however, the columns are a more solemn symbol of the traditions and meaning of the University. ... The columns stand today in Francis Quadrangle, commemorating for all future generations the noble structures' history and their place in the hearts of past and present students and faculty.--Pages , .
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