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Billings in Yellowstone County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

McMullen Hall

 
 
McMullen Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
1. McMullen Hall Marker
Inscription.  With its four-story tower, strict symmetry, Gothic-arched front entry, decorative symbolic pendants, and tall narrow windows, McMullen Hall references the Collegiate Gothic style. First employed by Ivy League schools emulating the architecture of England’s Oxford and Cambridge, the prestigious style came to embody a reverence for learning. Designed by the Billings architectural firm McIver and Cohagen and built in 1935 of brick, cast stone, and concrete, McMullen Hall is distinctly more modern than earlier Collegiate Gothic style buildings. Its streamlined and simplified design relies more on formal massing than ornamentation. An additional modern element, the framed glass illuminated sphere topping the building, was initially required by Federal Aviation Administration to alert low-flying airplanes. The first building on the Billings campus, the hall is named for Dr. Lynn McMullen. Hired in 1927 as president (and the first employee) of Eastern Montana Normal School, McMullen worked for the college—later renamed Montana State University-Billings—until 1945. For its first eight years, EMNS held classes in various downtown buildings.
McMullen Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
2. McMullen Hall and Marker
The marker is at the top of the steps, on the right side of the entrance.
In 1934, money for construction became available from the Public Works Administration, a New Deal program that funded large public projects to jumpstart the economy during the Great Depression. Frank Jacoby and Sons, of Helena, served as general contractors. The Hall originally housed all the college’s classrooms, a library and museum, and administrative offices; at the rear of the building was a combined auditorium and gymnasium (no longer extant). An anchor building for both the college and the community, McMullen Hall now serves as the university’s administration building.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 45° 47.786′ N, 108° 31.311′ W. Marker is in Billings, Montana, in Yellowstone County. Marker can be reached from Poly Drive near North 30th Street. McMullan Hall is on the campus of Montana State University - Billings. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 University Drive, Billings MT 59101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1147 North 31 Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1143 North 31 Street (approx. 0.3 miles away);
McMullen Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2020
3. McMullen Hall
1145 North 32 Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1125 North 31 Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1123 North 31 Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1119 North 31 Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1131 North 32 Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1115 North 31 Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Billings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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