Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Cordier Auditorium

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Institution Name: Manchester College
Original/Historic Place Name: Cordier Auditorium
Location on Campus: north end of Mall area
Date(s) of Construction:
1976-1978original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII, Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt
1978-present (2006)auditorium

Cordier Auditorium is a relatively new space and stands in its original condition. The building is named in honor of Andrew W. Cordier, graduate of the Class of 1922 and longtime Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. Begun in 1976 and dedicated on September 23, 1978, this large building on a relatively small campus reflects the importance of its function as well as the College's mission. As a space for educational and cultural events, this 1300-seat facility is able to accommodate the entire student body and college community, serving as an embodiment of the institution's emphasis on providing equal and shared experiences. Every Monday morning during fall and spring semesters, the students gather here for Convocation, a Manchester College tradition, and additional public programs are offered throughout the year. Each spring, Baccalaureate is held as the closing service in Cordier Auditorium.


Jones, Timothy K. Manchester College: A Century of Faith, Learning, and Service. North Manchester, IN: Manchester College, 1989.


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