Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Student Center and Dailey Theater

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Institution Name: University of La Verne
Original/Historic Place Name: "The Tents"
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1974original construction The Shaver Partnership
Designer: The Shaver Partnership
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Walls: masonry
Roof: teflon-coated fiberglass "fabric"
1974-present (2006)other (student center)
1974-present (2006)theater

The University of La Verne Student Center and Dailey Theater are two adjacent "tent" buildings originally built as theme structures for a reinvigorated La Verne College in 1974. They were the first large buildings in the United States with roofs of suspended Teflon-coated fiberglass and the visual proclamation of the College's future direction.

The cavernous, multifunction, four-poled Student Center originally housed the bookstore, health center, and campus "living room," as well as the basketball/volleyball court, Art Department studios, Television and Radio Broadcast Facilities, Communications Department, Photography Department and Darkrooms, Newspaper and Magazine production rooms, Physical Education Department and Athletics offices, Men's and Women's Locker Rooms, Gymnastics, and Weight Room. Today, the Student Center tent covers the Movement and Sports Science Department and Athletics Offices, Men's and Women's Locker Rooms, Weight Room, basketball/volleyball court, a fast food restaurant, student government offices, and student mail room, and it serves better than any other building on campus as the campus "living room." In the new campus plan it is scheduled to be renovated into an Athletics and Movement and Sports Science facility when the new Campus Center is constructed. Dailey Theater houses a main stage and a cabaret stage, theater faculty offices, design and costume shops, dressing rooms, and theater storage. Dailey Theater has retained its original function to this date.


Heckman, Marlin. University of La Verne. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2001.

Hogan, Herbert W., and Gladdys E. Muir. The University of La Verne: A Centennial History: 1891-1991. La Verne, CA: University of La Verne, 1990.

Hogan, Herbert W. Years of Renewal and Growth: University of La Verne 1985-2000, the First Fifteen Years of the Presidency of Stephen C. Morgan. La Verne, CA: University of La Verne, 2001.

Muir, Gladdys E. La Verne College: Seventy-Five Years of Service. Los Angeles: La Verne College, 1967.

Polos, Nicholas. "The Rise of a University: Super-Tent," Mt. San Antonio Historian 16, no. 3 (Summer 1980): 93-105.


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