Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Summer 2010 (July 21, 2010 at 12:00 am)

Hendricks Center Nearly Ready for Debut


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July 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm

The Hendricks Center for the Arts in downtown Beloit is on schedule to be finished in July, with only minor cosmetic construction scheduled to occur over the remainder of the summer.

The completely renovated and expanded former city library will serve as the new, centralized home of the college’s theatre, dance, and music programs. An innovative adaptation to the 48,000-square-foot facility preserved its historic feel but features an addition of 10,000 square feet, which includes an orchestral room, the facility’s largest single space.

Theatre, choral, music, and dance faculty were scheduled to move into the building during the first week of July.

The architects and designers, who worked closely with a group of faculty and staff to identify needs and priorities, stayed true to the building’s history throughout the project. Original support beams, exposed brick walls, and vintage terrazzo tile floors are juxtaposed with four new studio classrooms, a state-of-the art film classroom, faculty offices, and design and staging labs.

The building and renovation were the gift of Diane Hendricks, chair of ABC Supply of Beloit, and her late husband and former college trustee Ken Hendricks. It is the single largest gift ever made to the college.

A grand opening celebration is being planned for Friday, Oct. 8.

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