Chi Omega Greek Theatre

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Chi Omega Greek Theatre-University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Chi Omega Greek Theater.jpg
Location Dickson St., Fayetteville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°4′0″N 94°10′24″W / 36.06667°N 94.17333°W / 36.06667; -94.17333Coordinates: 36°4′0″N 94°10′24″W / 36.06667°N 94.17333°W / 36.06667; -94.17333
Area less than one acre
Built 1930
Architect Jamieson and Spearl
Architectural style Greek
Governing body Private
MPS Public Schools in the Ozarks MPS
NRHP Reference # 92001101 [1]
Added to NRHP September 4, 1992

The Chi Omega Greek Theatre is a structure on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It was a gift to the university from Chi Omega, completed in 1930.[2] The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[3]

Construction[edit]

Mary Love Collins, national president for 42 years, and Dr. Charles Richardson, one of the founding members of the Chi Omega women's fraternity, had the dream of one day building a replica of the Theatre of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis in Greece at the University of Arkansas. The first chapter (Psi) of Chi Omega was established at the University in 1895, and the national organization gave back to the University in 1930 by completing Love and Richardson's dream. Young-Bryan Construction Company was contracted in 1930 for the job, at a cost of $31,225. University president John C. Futrall accepted the gift on June 28, 1930.

Uses[edit]

The University uses the Chi Omega Greek Theatre for concerts, commencements, convocations, plays, and pep rallies.

During World War II, a crowd of over 6,000 gathered to watch the Army Air Corps Band. This is believed to be the largest crowd in the theatre's history.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Chi Omega Greek Theatre." Chi Omega. Profile. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Chi Omega Greek Theatre--University of Arkansas, Fayetteville ." National Register of Historic Places. Profile. Retrieved March 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "CHI OMEGA GREEK THEATER." University of Arkansas. Article. Retrieved March 4, 2010.

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