Parker Hall cornerstone and its time capsule during demolition in 2022.
The photograph was taken by construction manager Derick Laubert.
According to Laubert, the stone was located at the northeast corner of the building.
Record Group: 0 C
Scope and Content Note
Parker Memorial Hospital was built as a state-owned public and teaching hospital, opening in 1901. The project was led by the primary architect, Thomas Nolan, professor of architecture at the University of Missouri-Columbia, along with B. F. Stewart & Sons, contractor group. The building itself was mixture of the classical and colonial architecture style, made from stone, terra cotta, and bricks. Some design choices included thorough ventilation, multiple fireplaces, and double-sashed windows. The Masonic Twilight Lodge No. 114 played an integral part in the construction of the building. The Lodge held a cornerstone laying ceremony for the building, sealing a time capsule with materials relating to the building in the cornerstone, in order to signal the beginning of construction. The building was initially made possible through the financial donation of $15,000 by William L. Parker, in 1898. Parker required that an additional $10,000 be raised to complete the construction. That funding was provided by the State General Assembly. In 1900, a connecting clinical amphitheater was erected with a $8,500 donation from Adolphus Busch. Another $1,000 was raised by women in the community to furnish the building and open it for business in 1901.
Note to Archivist: A number of the items found in the capsule were discarded due to moisture and mold damage. A list can be found here.
This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Record Series.
Item - Copper box with lead-sealed lid and joints (12 x 6 x 8 inches), ca. 1899
Item 1 – Document - Twilight Lodge No. 114 statement on Parker Memorial hospital (2 sheets), 1899
Item 2 - Pamphlet - Twilight Lodge’s By-Laws (5 sheets), 1872
Item 3 - Document - Introduction and University Board of Curator's Resolution regarding the Parker Memorial Hospital donation (3 sheets), 1899
Item 4 - Coins (50-cent, 25-cent, 10-cent, 5-cent, 1-cent (5) pieces), 1873-1898
Item 1 - Document - Copy of Parker Memorial Hospital deed, 1898
Item 2 - Poster - University of the State of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Agriculture, n.d.
Item 3 - Poster - University of the State of Missouri at Columbia - Department of Engineering, n.d.
Item 4 - Poster - University of the State of Missouri at Columbia - Interior Views, n.d.
Item 5 - Poster - University of the State of Missouri at Columbia - Exterior Views, n.d.
Item 6 - Photograph – Photo of William L. Parker, n.d.
Item 7 – Newspaper clipping about a George Washington tribute from a St. Louis newspaper, 1899
Item 8 – Newspaper – Missouri Statesman (2 sheets), 1899
Item 9 – Newspaper – Columbia Daily Hornet (1 sheet), 1899
Digital photographs taken of the time capsule and its contents by University Archives staff before, during, and after its opening and conservation treatment.
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