Gammage Memorial Auditorium

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ASU Gammage
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Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Address 1200 South Forest Avenue
Tempe, Arizona
United States
Owner Arizona State University
Capacity 3,011
Opened 1964
Website

www.asugammage.com

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Gammage Memorial Auditorium is located in Arizona
Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Coordinates 33°24′58.67″N 111°56′17.08″W / 33.4162972°N 111.9380778°W / 33.4162972; -111.9380778Coordinates: 33°24′58.67″N 111°56′17.08″W / 33.4162972°N 111.9380778°W / 33.4162972; -111.9380778
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Usonian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85002170[1]
Added to NRHP September 11, 1985

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is considered to be the last public commission of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.[2] Groundbreaking took place and construction on the building began on May 23, 1962. It took 25 months to complete. The built-on-time,[citation needed] under-budget[citation needed] building opened in 1964 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy.[3]

The auditorium is named for Dr. Grady Gammage, President of Arizona State University (ASU) from 1933 to 1959. The auditorium is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona at the crossroads of Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Structure and subsequent changes[edit]

The structure measures 300 feet (91 m) long by 250 feet (76 m) wide by 80 feet (24 m) high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof with its pattern of interlocking circles. Twin "flying buttress" pedestrian ramps extending 200 feet (61 m) from the north and east sides of the structure connect the building to the parking lot. The auditorium seats a total of 3,017 people pop on its main floor, grand tier and balcony. The stage can be adapted for grand opera, Broadway musicals, dramatic productions, solo productions, organ recitals and lectures.[4][5]

Performance and other spaces[edit]

Auditorium

The auditorium has a maximum seating capacity of 3,011. It is wheelchair accessible and has an infrared system for 30 hearing-impaired people (in addition to signers).

Stage

  • Stage type: proscenium
  • Playing space dimensions: 64'x33' or 64'x40'
  • Proscenium opening: 64'x30'
  • Height grid/ceiling: 78'
  • Stage floor type: Sprung wood
  • Stage floor covering: Marley
  • Rigging system type: 30 double purchase, 28 hydraulic (58 lines total)

Backstage

  • Loading dock
  • Door dimensions: 10'x11'6
  • Dressing rooms: 9
  • Maximum capacity: 54

Deck

Permanent installations: traps in stage, orchestra shell, orchestra pit, hydraulic pit, electricity in pit, music stands, pianos (9' Steinway, 5' Steinway, Kawai Upright)

Pit

  • Dimensions: 76'x6'
  • Number of stands: 85
  • Chairs for pit: 90

Electrics/Sound

  • Building electrics current: 9 panels-3-600/3-200/2-100/1-100 = 2700 total
  • Lighting board: computer memory
  • Lighting equipment: 32-8x13, 22-10x12, 55-6x9, 30 8" Fresnels, 12 Par Cans, 12 Mini Strips

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.432)

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