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The construction of Brookings Hall, Ridgley, and Cupples began shortly thereafter.The school delayed occupying these buildings until 1905 to accommodate the 1904 World's Fair and Olympics.Louis Medical College decided to affiliate with the University, establishing the School of Medicine.During the 1890s, Robert Sommers Brookings, the president of the Board of Trustees, undertook the tasks of reorganizing the university's finances, putting them onto a sound foundation, and buying land for a new campus.The institution had no backing of a religious organization, single wealthy patron, or earmarked government support.During the three years following its inception, the university bore three different names.
Louis metropolitan area and in Missouri, United States. Missouri State Senator Wayman Crow and Unitarian minister William Greenleaf Eliot, grandfather of the poet T. Crow secured the university charter from the Missouri General Assembly in 1853, and Eliot was named President of the Board of Trustees.
By the 1890s, owing to the dramatic expansion of the Manual School and a new benefactor in Robert Brookings, the University began to move west.
The University Board of Directors began a process to find suitable ground and hired the landscape architecture firm Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot of Boston. Brookings, Henry Ware Eliot, and William Huse found a site of 103 acres (41.7 ha) just beyond Forest Park, located west of the city limits in St. The elevation of the land was thought to resemble the Acropolis and inspired the nickname of "Hilltop" campus, renamed the Danforth campus in 2006 to honor former chancellor William H. In 1899, the university opened a national design contest for the new campus.
By 1915, construction of a new medical complex was completed on Kingshighway in what is now St. Three years later, Washington University admitted its first women medical students.
In 1922, a young physics professor, Arthur Holly Compton, conducted a series of experiments in the basement of Eads Hall that demonstrated the "particle" concept of electromagnetic radiation.
At first the university paid for the evening classes, but as their popularity grew, their funding was transferred to the St. Eventually the board secured funds for the construction of Academic Hall and a half dozen other buildings.