Morrison Fine Arts Building

Built in 1922

Morrison Fine Arts Building formally known as the Morrison Gymnasium, was built in 1922 through a gift provied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Morrison, both alumni of the College. Mr. Morrison also served as a member of the Board of Trustees. Since that time, Morrison has housed the physical education faculty offices as well as classrooms and locker rooms. It is also used for dance and band courses.


On the southwest corner of the quadrangle stands the former Morrison Gymnasium, which now provides offices, classrooms, and studio space for programs in music and dance. On most days the building rings with the sound of music, including strains from a new Roland KR 105 Digital Intelligent Piano with top-quality piano sound, DigiScore, a touchtone interface, Visual Music Assistant, and other cool hi-tech features.

Dedicated on October 11, 1922, by the Missouri Synod of the Presbyterian Church, USA, the building is a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Morrison, who were both students here, he later serving on the Board of Trustees. Families form the heart of Missouri Valley College, the Morrisons eminent among them. Their daughter, Alice Morrison Mitchell, became the wife of Bourne Mitchell and the sister-in-law of Boone Gregg, donors of the nearby football stadium.

Up the stairs at the east entrance lies the large suspended wooden gym floor long used for intramural sports, cheerleading practice, and various other student activities. Downstairs is the new dance floor, built with a generous gift from alumnus Jon Morris and his wife Dawnna.