Then and Now: Howard and Arnold halls

By John Lester
Photos by Tamma Smith

Howard and Arnold halls erected on Columbus State University as two campus originals.

Opening in 1963, Howard Hall was then College College’s first classroom building. Named after one of the college’s first faculty members, William Howard, it was often referred to as the Classroom Building.

Three years later, Arnold Hall opened as the new science building. It is named in honor of Robert Arnold, a Columbus lawyer and longtime member of the Board of Trustees of Columbus Public Schools.

Today, the significant university structures have been repurposed to accommodate the modern-day, technology-savvy student due to legislature funding of $3.95 million for Howard and $4.95 million for Arnold.

Howard Hall – Then

Howard Hall – Now

Arnold – Then

Arnold Hall – Now