Jesse Auditorium


After the fire of 1892, which destroyed Academic Hall, a new building was built just south of that site. In 1922 it was renamed Jesse Hall in honor of Richard H. Jesse, the University President until 1908. The west wing housed the library, and the east wing housed an auditorium for “entertainment and erudition.” The Auditorium, as it was called prior to 1922, served many purposes on the campus. It played host to everything from spirit rallies to lectures to debates to theatrical productions. Many well-known orators of the day lectured here, including William Jennings Bryan (Jan. 13, 1900) and Amelia Earhart (Oct. 17, 1936).

In the 1950s, shortly after condemning the balcony due to concerns about the wooden timbers, the fire marshal advised the university to come up with a better plan. The result is the Auditorium we know today, which is not only the largest performance venue at the University of Missouri but also the largest in Columbia. The Auditorium attracts first-class performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris and Maya Angelou, just to name a few. The Auditorium hosts more than 200 events a year, many of which are presented by University academic, staff and student groups.

Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA

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(573) 882-3781


From I-70:

Take Exit 126 (Providence Rd. / MO-163).
Head south for about 1.5 miles.
Pass through lights at Business Loop 70, Worley St., Ash St., Walnut St., Broadway, and Locust St.
At Providence and Elm St., get in the left-turn lane and, at the light, turn left and head east for three blocks on Elm.
At Elm St. and 6th St., take a right and head south on 6th.
6th St. Ts at Conley Ave. Go straight, into the Turner Ave. Parking Garage. Disabled parking is available on the main level. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, non-disabled drivers can park anywhere else.
From the north side of the garage, you can look across Conley Ave. and see a large, domed building set back from the street. That’s Jesse Hall. The will-call window andmain-floor seating are on the first floor.

From US 63:

From Hwy 63 take the Stadium Blvd. exit heading South. Stay on Stadium 2 miles. Turn Right onto Tiger Ave./Mick Deaver Memorial Ave. Continue to follow Tiger Ave for one half mile. Tiger Ave. ends at Conley Ave. Turner Ave. parking garage is on the left. Jesse Hall is across the street on the right.