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Monday, April 28, 2014: Ann Pflaum on An Anecdotal History of Northrop

Northrop Memorial Auditorium – 1928 – 2014

University Historian Ann Pflaum takes us on a journey through Northrop, from its inception in 1884 to its newest iteration today. After the talk, Gary Summerville gives a tour of the building.

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An architectural treasure, Northrop is an enduring symbol of the University, the focal point of the Twin Cities campus, and the anchor of the Northrop Mall. Since opening in 1929, Northrop has served as the University’s primary gathering place for the performing arts, concerts, academic ceremonies, and major civic events. For more information on the Northrop revitalization project, see The Revitalization of Northrop.

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This event occurred Monday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Best Buy Theater, Northrop.

Construction update Fall 2013

The construction process for Northrop’s revitalization continues to move smoothly with the major structural demolition complete. Crews have worked on the highly sensitive process of re-supporting several existing columns, allowing them to carry more capacity. Meanwhile, footings and walls have been poured for the new audience chamber of the performance hall with the installation of steel to follow at the end of December. The University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, Innovation by Design and Northrop Presents are currently scheduled to take occupancy in December 2013 with a grand opening anticipated in April 2014.

The New Northrop will fuel innovation and creativity, and serve students, faculty, artists, audiences, and the State of Minnesota.

A preeminent cultural and performing arts center with a world-class, multi-purpose 2,800± seat hall featuring state-of-the-art acoustics, fabulous sightlines, cutting-edge technologies, and updated amenities.

A bustling, dynamic destination for collaboration and study, central to everyday life on campus, complete with a global conference center and premium seminar and meeting rooms. The New Northrop will increase by 50% the amount of public study and collaborative space on the East Bank.

A global platform that uses the latest technologies to engage the world’s most innovative thinkers, connecting the University with world-wide audiences, and enabling academic, cultural, and civic programs to build upon existing initiatives.

The Northrop Revitalization Project Team

Architect of Record: HGA
Design Architect: Tim Carl (HGA)
Theatre and Acoustic: ARUP – New York
Construction Manager at Risk: J E Dunn Construction

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