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Venues - Eliza Fowler Hall

Warm and inviting

Located in Stewart Center, Fowler Hall hosts lectures, conference programs, dance recitals and more. While classes are in session, the Purdue Student Union Board presents current-title theater films on Friday and Saturday nights at a low cost to students.

  • In Stewart Center, a conference hub
  • Seats: 388 on one level
  • Stage: 34’ wide x 17’ deep
  • Surround sound
  • Two dressing rooms with private baths
  • Opened in 1958
  • Memorial Mall and State Street

History
In 1901, Eliza Fowler, widow of Moses Fowler, one-time business partner and life-long friend of John Purdue, made a gift of $70,000 to Purdue University to be used to build the first assembly hall on campus.

Eliza Fowler Hall provided the first indoor home for university commencement exercises which were previously held outside on the Oval, known today as Memorial Mall. 

Beginning in December of 1930, the Purdue Playshop mounted theatre productions in the old Eliza Fowler Hall. It was also used for orientations, convocations, and lectures until its demolition in 1954. In 1958, the new Eliza Fowler Hall was dedicated. Its location in Stewart Center is essentially on the same ground as the original structure.

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