College Hall

Description

The foundations of College Hall were found during a survey around Beaumont Tower in Fall 2009. Excavation of the site uncovered portions of the Northeast corner of the foundation underneath a sidewalk. They found the river rocks that composed the building, but were unable to locate the specific corners of the building. The majority of the building was no longer in situ, but rather was used during the 1923 construction of the River Road bridge to build up the banks of the river. This was corroborated by the find of College Hall materials at the river site. The foundations of the building have not been removed, and lie where they were originally found underneath the Beaumont Tower sidewalks.

Collector(s)

  • Campus Archaeology Program

Items in the College Hall Collection

This is the Northeast wall of College Hall, the first building on the MSU campus. It was erected in 1856, and collapsed in 1918. It was excavated in 2010.

This is a picture of student signatures from 1887 after they had finished helping to renovate College Hall. Moore’s signature was found on a piece plaster at Beal St. and his name is easily seen in the photo of the College Hall wall. This…

College Hall excavations done in 2009 revealed a large portion of the Northeast foundation walls. You can clearly see the river rocks and mortar used to create the structure.

College Hall excavations revealed a large portion of the Northeast foundation walls. You can clearly see the river rocks and mortar used to create the structure.

College Hall was excavated carefully in 2009 while sidewalks were being replaced. Most of the site consisted of the foundation walls and other features which required careful note-taking. here Terry Brock takes notes.