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Aug. 29, 2013 Volume 35, No. 2

The Adventures of Mark Twain

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Renovating Mark Twain Hall began in 2011. It houses 380 residents. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Mark Twain reopens after major renovations

After undergoing $21.7 million in renovations, Mark Twain residence hall held its grand opening Aug. 7 just in time for the fall 2013 semester.

Mark Twain was built in 1963 by the private Chicago-based University Dormitory Development Inc. and opened in 1964 to 408 students. Bought by Mizzou in 1986 for $2.7 million, Mark Twain housed 395 students until it closed for renovations in 2011.

The residence hall opened for students on Aug. 11 with housing for 380 residents. The decrease in the number of residents allowed for an increase in the community space available, including two study rooms and a lounge on each of the seven floors.

One of the biggest interior modifications included moving the sinks and medicine cabinets, which had been located in the student rooms, to a suite-style restroom space that includes a double-basined sink and enclosed shower and toilet space.

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