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Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

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Academic Hall Gets New Hat

Academic Hall dome 03-02-2013Academic Hall has been undergoing some major fixing. Surprisingly enough, the university hasn’t used “structural problems” as an excuse to tear down the iconic building as they seem so prone to do with other Cape landmarks.

Here’s a view of the dome from the north, looking south. You don’t often see it from this side.

Academic Hall Stories



11 comments to Academic Hall Gets New Hat

  • Audrey Reynolds

    I suspect the SEMO University administration is sensitive to fund-raising issues that might arise if alums were to learn that Academic Hall will be torn down.

  • Paul Stein

    My mother told of going up into the dome during the “great flood” of 1928 or 1929 or whenever it was back then and watching trees and houses float by in the Mississippi. There were animals trapped on the roofs of some of those houses and even people stranded on some.

  • Tim Luckett

    I haven’t been in Academic hall since 1977 when I graduated from SEMO. I used to teach swimming in the basement next to the nursing class rooms. Down the hall in the basement across from the pool was the computer room that was managed by the late Don Krueger. AH was an old, cold, drafty building back then, however, it did then and does now have character and deserved the dome makeover should be left as a landmark.

  • Laura Davis

    I’m glad to see that the dome is now back to its rightful copper color. When I attended SEMO in the early 70s, it was an ornery shade of green tarnish. But every year when the Alumni Association solicited donations, those who contributed $150 or more became members of the ‘Copper Dome Society’. I used to laugh about that, but I guess no one would have donated to become members of the ‘Ornery Green Tarnish Society’.

  • keith

    Why do the copper roofs and domes in Europe last a hundred years when here in Cape this is the SECond time Ive seen it redune?

  • Margi Whitright

    Laura, that green tarnish is known as “patina” and is prized by antiques people. I like both of them.

  • Doug Blumer '73

    Ken, I have also read the book you mentioned about the 1927 flood.
    A great book and I highly recommend it.

  • Lanny Proffer

    I also read “Rising Tide” earlier this year and thought it was a fascinating account of the flood and the culture and politics of the region. I have given copies to several friends.

  • Brad Brune '66

    Did you know that the dome was so shiny during WWII that the college was instructed to paint the dome black to avoid detection by enemy bombers. I think the whole city of Cape had to practice lights out after dark just like cities in Europe.

  • Dick McClard

    Brad and I took the free tour of the refurbished dome. Got to initial the support beams, look our the port hole windows and meet a pretty girl.

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