Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Garson Theatre

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Institution Name: College of Santa Fe
Original/Historic Place Name: Greer Garson Theatre
Location on Campus: Near Entrance: Physical Landmark
Date(s) of Construction:
1965original construction Register, Philippe
Designer: Philippe Register
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: stucco over yellow brick; exposed structural elements
Roof: membrane
1965-present (2006)auditorium
1965-present (2006)theater

Academy Award-winning actress Greer Garson's and Buddy Fogelson's generous contributions to the College of Santa Fe led to the construction of the Greer Garson Theatre Centre, dedicated in 1965. The Centre, home to the Performing Arts Department, consists of a 500-seat mainstage theater named after the long-time friend and benefactor of the College; the 90-seat black box Weckesser Studio Theater; scene and costume shops; a dance studio; and practice rooms and classrooms. Hailed as Santa Fe's premier performance venue, the Greer Garson Theatre stages four major productions each year. Numerous comedies, dramas, and musicals fill the Centre with locals and visitors alike. The Weckesser Studio Theater hosts musical concerts as part of the College of Santa Fe's Collaborations Music Series.
The College of Santa Fe's Performing Arts Department enjoys a national reputation as an outstanding center for pre-professional training in theatre, offering craft-intensive performing arts training program that focuses on both performance and technical aspects of theater.


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