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Opening of Webster University (formerly Loretto College and Webster College

When the Sisters of Loretto decided to open a college in St. Louis, they were lacking one major item: a building. They had purchased the Benjamin Webster estate in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1898 but the building originally on the property had been destroyed by fire in 1905.

 

The Sisters decided to go ahead and open the college even though construction on Webster Hall would not be completed until 1916. Classes in Fall 1915 were held at the Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. An advertisement for the new college  appeared in the November 1915 issue of The Lorettine.

 

With contruction nearing completion, the Sisters placed an announcement regarding the opening of the St. Louis campus in the June 1916 issue of The Lorettine. The local newspaper also carried information about the "new Loretto College". (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 8, 1916)

 

The college was dedicated in October 1916 and a poem was written to commemorate the opening of the institution.