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Pickard Hall at the University of Missouri

Historic Preservation


Pickard Hall, located on the historic Francis Quadrangle at the heart of the MU campus, was in need of significant restorations. Before any construction, IAA performed a thorough condition assessment. Among other things, the study revealed prior restoration efforts, which arguably did more harm than good. Presenting an extra challenge, was the fact that within Pickard Hall, was housed the Museum of Art and Archaeology. All exterior construction efforts would require extreme sensitivity and care.

design solution

Combating foundation issues was of critical importance, and entailed - instead of foundation waterproofing - window well replacement and the installation of an underground drainage system. This would eliminate continual moisture runoff and retention issues, as well as associated current and future foundation problems. Additionally, a full masonry restoration was performed. All roofing and windows were replaced. Because of Pickard's prominent place at MU, both culturally and visually, extreme attention to detail was required in repairing and recreating original building elements, including elaborate copper gutters, fascias, dormers and finials.