Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Marlin Miller Performing Arts Center

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Institution Name: Alfred University
Original/Historic Place Name: Marlin Miller Performing Arts Center
Location on Campus: State St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1995original construction Wood, Bruce Kallman McKinnell Wood Architects
Designer: Bruce Wood of Kallman McKinnell Wood Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: metal stud, brick veneer
Roof: tile
1995-present (2006)theater (performing arts center)

First envisioned as part of a University master plan two decades ago, The Miller Performing Arts Center provides a home for the theater, dance, and music programs, and serves as a cultural focal point for the region. Alfred University is located in a rural area, and the Performing Arts Center provides the region with access to a wide variety of regional and national artists. It also serves as a venue for student-run productions.
The Miller Performing Arts building has won two architectural awards: the first was for its unusual design and the use of exterior brick, and the second recognized the building as an outstanding example of theater architecture.


Horowitz, Gary, ed. A Sesquicentennial History of Alfred University: Essays in Change. Alfred, NY: Alfred University, 1985.

"New York State Historic Preservation Building-Structure Inventory Form," (n.d.) Herrick Memorial Library Archives, Alfred University.

Norwood, John Nelson. Fiat Lux: The Story of Alfred University. Alfred, NY: Alfred University, 1957.

Strong, Susan Rumsey. The Most Natural Way in the World: Coeducation at Nineteenth Century Alfred University. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Rochester, 1995.


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