Vintage Purdue Elliott Hall of Music Postcard, circa 1940-1955

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This is a charming postcard depicting the band shell of Elliott Hall of Music sometime between its opening in 1940 and its rechristening as Elliott in 1958. The scallop-edged postcard measures 4 x 6 inches and is in good condition with some yellowing with age. This would be a nice gift framed so that both sides of the card are visible.

 

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This is a charming postcard depicting the band shell of Elliott Hall of Music sometime between its opening in 1940 and its rechristening as Elliott in 1958. The scallop-edged postcard measures 4 x 6 inches and is in good condition with some yellowing with age. This would be a nice gift framed so that both sides of the card are visible.

More information on Elliott Hall of Music from Wikipedia:

 

The Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music is located on the Purdue University campus in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. With a seating capacity of 6,005, it is one of the largest proscenium theaters in the world, and is about 100 seats larger than Radio City Music Hall. The facility is named after Edward C. Elliott (1874–1960), who served as President of Purdue University from 1922 to 1945. The stage of the hall is one of the largest in the country. It is roughly the same size as the stage of the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.

 

The hall was designed by Walter Scholer, assisted by consulting architect J. Andre Fouilhoux (who was also one of the architects for New Yorks Radio City Music Hall). Construction began in October 1938 and was completed on May 2, 1940, at a cost of US$1,205,000. The facility was dedicated as the Purdue Hall of Music on May 3-4, 1940, and was renamed in honor of Elliott in 1958. The Elliott Hall of Music is connected to Hovde Hall, Purdue Universitys administration building, by a walkway on the second floor. During spring commencement exercises, students walk up the staircase in front of Hovde Hall and go through the walkway into the Hall of Music where the ceremony is held. For winter commencement exercises, students enter the Hall of Music through the Purdue Bands entrance located behind the stage, where they proceed under the structure and to the rear of the auditorium where they enter.

 

Locally, the building is informally known as Elliott Hall or the Hall of Music. Evening exams for large classes (typically math) are often scheduled in Elliott Hall of Music. In a typical exam seating arrangement (every other seat occupied), Elliot can handle about 3000 students during one exam.

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