Drake Performance and Event Center

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Ohio State University
Drake Performance and Event Center
The Drake, Drake
Drake Center shown here on the West Campus of The Ohio State University
Former names Drake Union
General information
Completed 1971
Design and construction
Architect Todd Tibbals

The Drake Performance and Event Center is located at Ohio State University. It was a student activity center named Drake Union. The center is located on the west campus of Ohio State between Morrill Tower and Lincoln Tower off the east banks of the Olentangy River.


With the construction of residence halls on west campus, Ohio State students living there found the walking distance to travel to the Ohio Union long, especially in the winter. The Board of Trustees approved the construction of a second union in 1969.[1] Designed by architect Todd Tibbals, the union was officially named after Edward S. Drake, a former manager at the Ohio Union for 33 years, in 1971 and officially opened in 1972 at a cost of $4.5 million.[1] Following the construction, there were plans to build additional structures surrounding Drake Union, but those plans were cancelled.[2][3] Although it would appear Drake Union would rival the existing Ohio Union as Ohio State's second union, both unions worked together as community centers for students and visitors.[2]

Current Uses[edit]

Drake Center houses the Department of Theater at Ohio State.[3] The center offers Buckeye TV and houses The Ohio State University's on-campus marina. The center once housed Archie's Alley, which included bowling alleys, pool tables, and a bar, but closed in 1999 due to low patronage.[4]


  1. ^ a b Herrick Archives Number 296: Drake Union
  2. ^ a b Union to celebrate 25th b-day[permanent dead link], Shelly Rashid, The Lantern, May 7, 1997, Retrieved October 14, 2007
  3. ^ a b Drake Performance and Event Center Archived May 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Some students sad as little-known bowling alley closes, Ponce Brown, The Lantern, March 10, 1999, Retrieved March 07, 2017

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