University Auditorium (DePaul University)

Coordinates: 41°55′23″N 87°39′18″W / 41.923°N 87.655°W / 41.923; -87.655

University Auditorium or the College Theater Building and nicknamed "The Barn" was a multi-purpose arena and theater in Chicago on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus.[1][2]

University Auditorium
The Barn
Location2219 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
OwnerDePaul University
OperatorDePaul University
Construction
Broke ground1906
Opened1907
Renovated1920
Demolished1979
ArchitectJohn Pridmore
Tenants
DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball (NCAA) (1923–1956)

HistoryEdit

Construction of University Auditorium began in 1906 and was completed in 1907.[3] During World War I, the facility served as barracks for the Student Army Training Corps.[4] In 1920, the venue was remodeled into a gymnasium[5] and the DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team first played in the facility in 1923.[3] The team played in University Auditorium until 1956 with the team's last game being a 91-77 victory versus Lewis University on February 21, 1956.[4] The Blue Demons had their longest home-court winning streak in school history with 81-straight wins at "The Barn".[3] University Auditorium was replaced by Alumni Hall as the home venue of the men's basketball team on December 16, 1956.[4] The venue caught fire in 1967 and was demolished in 1979.[6][7] The Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center is now located on the site of University Auditorium.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "DePaul Basketball A-to-Z". depaulbluedemons.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Barn". depaul.edu. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "DePaul University Auditorium; College Theatre". digicol.lib.depaul.edu. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c ""The Barn" at DePaul University". chicagonow.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  5. ^ ""The Barn", also known as DePaul University Auditorium". flickr.com. January 1918. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Then and now: Chicago's lost sports venues". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "DePaul University Auditorium; College Theatre". library.depaul.press. 8 April 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2019.