Phelps Stokes Auditorium at Berea College temporarily closed for repairs.
Phelps Stokes Auditorium at Berea College will be closed for needed structural repairs for at least four to six weeks beginning immediately. Steve Karcher, vice president for business and administration at Berea, announced the decision to suspend large public gatherings in the auditorium, which has a seating capacity of approximately 1100 and is the venue for most of the College’s weekly Convocation events.
Events previously scheduled in the auditorium during this time are being scheduled in other facilities on campus and in Berea.
Beginning with tomorrow’s (Feb. 25) program with speaker Dr. John Fleming, afternoon Convocations and evening Stephenson Memorial Concerts for the next few weeks will take place in Union Church in Berea at their scheduled times (3 p.m. or 8 p.m. The exception is the performance by Dancing Wheels at 8 p.m. on April 8, which will be held in Seabury Center gym. For additional information, visit www.berea.edu/convocations.
The auditorium is the only area of Phelps Stokes which will be closed. Other areas of the building, which include classrooms, office and common spaces, are not affected, and will continue to operate normally. Phelps Stokes Chapel, as the building is known, is a College landmark constructed in 1905.
The needed repairs to the auditorium were determined after an inspection and assessment by structural engineers after some wall cracks were discovered in preparation for painting.
Julie Sowell, news and information manager