Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Fine Arts Center

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Institution Name: Calvin College
Original/Historic Place Name: Fine Arts Center
Location on Campus: 3201 Burton SE
Date(s) of Construction:
1966original construction Fyfe, William Beye Perkins + Will Architects
Designer: William Beye Fyfe, Perkins & Will Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick, common
Roof: low slope, wide eaves
1966-present (2006)classrooms (and music practice rooms)
1966-present (2006)auditorium

In this building, efficiency of form and function led to the location of the main performance venue in the center of classrooms and music practice rooms. This 1200 seat auditorium has no proscenium arch or flyloft and is focused on a magnificent pipe organ. The exterior form is horizontal expression of windows for offices and classrooms with a metal-clad sloped roof structure over the auditorium.


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