For our part of #IUDay, we're focusing on the places that make Indiana University special. Follow along with us as we take a look back at some of the most memorable places on campus highlighted by IU Press books.
With renovations to Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium, the stately presence of the Indiana Memorial Union, and the towering beauty of the Musical Arts Center, the Indiana University Auditorium may be slightly overshadowed on the IU-Bloomington campus.
But make no mistake, the Auditorium is one of the most iconic buildings on campus, and Indiana University Auditorium: 1941-2016 will make sure everyone understands exactly why.
Built with a combination of state and federal New Deal public works funds, the Auditorium was the vision of IU’s legendary president, Herman B Wells. His foresight placed the Auditorium at what was to become the center of Bloomington’s beautiful campus. Wells envisioned the Auditorium as the centerpiece of a Fine Arts Plaza, which later included the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, and, many years later, the IU Cinema.
Today, the Auditorium is all that Wells dreamed it could be and more, hosting everything from film screenings to Shakespearean performances. It's truly an iconic building, and one that every IU grad should be proud to know.