Boone Hall


Building Name
Boone Hall
Built in 1914 on the site of the Conservatory of Music building, it served campus as the primary administration building and was the executive core of campus. In 1950, following the construction of Pierce Hall, the new administration building, Boone Hall transitioned into the Arts Building. For several decades, Boone Hall was known as both the Art Building and as R. Clyde Ford Hall; the building contained the Department of Art, the Department of Industrial Education and Applied Arts, and University Art Gallery. The building was renamed for Richard Gause Boone in 1968, the ninth president of the Normal College 1893-1899.
Namesake Biography
Richard G. Boone was born on September 9, 1849, in Spiceland, Indiana. Following grammar school, Boone studied at Spiceland Academy, teaching in rural common schools in order to finance his own education. When he graduated from Spiceland in 1871, at the age of 22, Boone was appointed a teacher in the high school at Frankfort, Indiana, where in 1876, he became superintendent of schools. Boone was renowned as an educator and issued an honorary degree in 1884, from De Pauw University. Boone left Frankfort to become a Professor of Pedagogy at Indiana University in 1886. As the first IU Professor of Pedagogics, Boone installed a sequential set of ten courses in pedagogy. He did graduate work at Johns Hopkins University under the world renowned psychologist G. Stanley Hall. Boone was awarded at PhD in 1890 from Ohio State University. While at IU, he published landmark textbooks, "Education in the United States," and "History of Education in Indiana," as well as articles in scholarly journals. In the fall of 1893, Boone resigned from IU to become principal of Ypsilanti State Normal School. In 1898, he became president of the newly formed Michigan State Normal College, where he remained until 1899. Boone then became the superintendent of schools in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1899 until 1905. From 1905 until his death in 1923, he was a member of the education faculty at the University of California at Berkeley.
Building Namesake
Richard Gause Boone, 9th President of Michigan State Normal College, 1893 - 1899.
Year Constructed
Date Dedicated
Building Functions
Administrative Functions, Continuing Education, Academic Programs Abroad, The Graduate School.
Administration Building, 1914 - 1950; Arts Building, 1950 - 1962; Ford Hall, 1962 - 1968
Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, Detroit, MI
Original Cost
Architectural Style
Renaissance Revival
Square Footage
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Campus Buildings