Millstone Plaza is located in the center of the McKelvey School of Engineering.
It provides a convenient space for students to go outside between classes, or occasionally a place to teach. Having a number of buildings surrounding it and walkways above it, the plaza is very intimately connected with the buildings.
Isadore Elmer Millstone
The Millstone Plaza is named after Isadore Elmer Millstone, commonly known as “I. E.” Millstone, a St. Louis native who graduated from the Washington University School of Engineering in 1927. After the Great Depression, he started Millstone Construction Inc., which throughout the years built a number of buildings, most notably the old Busch Stadium, Mercantile Tower and the Federal Building. He also was the president of K & M Investors.
I. E. Millstone provided substantially for the students of Washington University. Millstone worked during the summers as a lifeguard to pay his college tuition, and desired to help students for whom such an endeavor is no longer feasible. Every year, more than 60 students receive scholarships from Millstone’s contributions. He also contributed significantly to the Jewish Community Centers in St. Louis. He assisted in the construction efforts of Israel by donating services to build emergency housing for immigrants to the new state.
The Millstone Pool in the Athletics Complex is also named after the champion swimmer, I. E. Millstone. He passed away in 2009 at 102 years old.