B.D. Simon Construction, forerunner of today’s PCE, set the cornerstone for Memorial Tower in 1922. The tower was dedicated to students who lost their lives in World War I. South Wing construction began in 1930, but was stopped in 1931 by the Great Depression. The South Wing remained unfinished, while North Wing construction that had begun in 1950, opened in 1952. After 30 years, construction resumed and the South Wing opened in 1962.
Memorial Tower is now known as Memorial Union, and experts describe it as one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the United States. Extensive use of native Missouri stone makes it one of the University of Missouri’s most magnificent structures.