Indiana University, Auditorium Renovation

Bloomington, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Schmidt Associates


    Indiana University Auditorium

  • AREA

    100,000 sq.ft.





In 1938, the late Chancellor Herman B. Wells began to rewrite history for the arts program at Indiana University. His dream of constructing an arts complex—with a spectacular auditorium as the centerpiece—came to fruition as funding for the project was approved. A dignified limestone structure was erected, eventually playing host to more than 13 million arts enthusiasts ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms its 1941 dedication.

Indiana University auditorium’s popularity for hosting live performances necessitated a major renovation in the late 1990s. During a 22-month-long “intermission,” the architect and the university worked together to enhance and update the facility. Patrons are now treated to new lighting, seating, carpeting and wall coverings, as well as improved sound systems and sightlines. Additional access for wheelchair-bound patrons of the facility was created, and an elevator to all levels was installed.

The rededication of the auditorium in February 2000 provided the entire community a glimpse of the past, present and future—that Indiana University has been and always will be committed to providing the highest-quality performances to its patrons.

Photographer: ©Indiana University Photographic Services