Aug. 19, 2014

In 1903 the first Main Building on this campus burnt down to its foundations but was rebuilt that same year. Tragedy struck again in 1922 when a tornado tore through campus, leaving a large hole in the south side of the building. The last major renovation of Main Building, completed in 1986, focused on repairing the structural integrity of the exterior walls and bringing the building up to current city codes.

This summer, the third major restoration effort to the exterior of Main Building began — this time to mend the damages of time. A careful matrix of scaffolding has covered the iconic tower as workers replace stones of the exterior limestone walls, improve drafty windows and make repairs to the building’s red roof.

Perhaps the most exciting part of this phase of restoration is one that won’t be easily seen at first glance. This fall, the original bell in the tower of Main Building will ring again for the first time in more than 25 years. The bell, which is being restored, was made in 1904 at the Henry Stuckstede Bell Foundry Co. in St. Louis, Missouri. Throughout its 126-year history, Main Building has relied on community support and donations to preserve and repair the most loved and recognized landmark on our campus. Over the past year, St. Edward’s has received generous support from 

Main building under restoration.