The eight-story Manor House apartment complex, located at 306 Hitt St., is one of three university-owned apartment buildings specifically designated for older students. To live in Manor House, students must be over 21 years of age, be a graduate or professional student, be married or have children. However, priority at Manor House is given to single graduate students.
The University of Missouri purchased the complex, which was originally a public apartment building, in 1996. Garth and Jane Russell donated the building to a charitable remainder trust, with Boone County National Bank acting as the trustee. The university then purchased Manor House Apartments from the trust.
Jane Russell, who passed away in 2014, lived in Columbia and worked at MU for almost 30 years. Her husband, Dr. Garth Russell, is a founding partner of Columbia Orthopaedic Group.
Currently, the complex includes 38 studios, eight one-bedroom apartments and 32 two-bedroom apartments. Although renovations to the Manor House Apartments were included in the 2012 MU master plan, and it was speculated that the complex might close in May 2015, no permanent renovation timeline has been announced.
The 2012 master plan suggested the apartment complex would require new windows and elevators and upgraded ventilation, plumbing, electrical and sprinkler systems. However, a report from the structural engineering firm Trabue, Hansen and Hinshaw Inc. only listed loose window framings as something on the Manor House in immediate need of repair.