The Missouri campus is a pretty place, in large part because — in the areas we’ve walked through, at least — they’ve avoided throwing up the ugly, uninspired, Bauhaus-style abominations of the ’60s and ’70s that mar so many college campuses. In their place are classic college buildings that are designed to appeal to parents interested in scholarship and academic achievement. For the students, however, the appeal may lie more in the bars, bistros, and coffee shops that surround the campus.
Archive for August 2nd, 2012
We’re in Columbia, Missouri, moving Richard into his new place and getting it ready for the coming year. After the drive from Chicago and some unloading, we had some sushi, walked around downtown, and then took a quick stroll through campus.
The central quad of the UM campus is a beautiful place, dominated by six enormous, somewhat scarred pillars. They are all that remains of one of the first buildings on campus, which was destroyed by fire long, long ago. The columns give the grassy area a wistful, Romanesque — and very distinctive — feel.