Budig Hall

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Coordinates: 38°57′29″N 95°14′57″W / 38.95793°N 95.249265°W / 38.95793; -95.249265

Budig Hall is an academic building on the main campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The building houses a 1,000-seat lecture hall, two 500-seat lecture halls, and a computer lab.[1]

Hoch Auditorium[edit]

Hoch Auditorium was a 5,500-seat multi-purpose arena on the same site.[1] It featured traditional Gothic architecture on the exterior, with a full concert hall with two balconies inside. A basketball court could be placed parallel to the stage and temporary seating placed on the stage, behind the benches on the floor. The Auditorium was named for Edward W. Hoch, 17th Governor of Kansas, member of the Board of Regents, and University supporter.[2] It was home to the University of Kansas Jayhawks basketball teams until Allen Fieldhouse opened in 1955.[1]

In 1957, Andrew McKinley was the tenor soloist in the world premiere of Cecil Effinger's oratorio The Invisible Fire at Hoch Auditorium with the Kansas City Philharmonic under conductor Thor Johnson.[3]

In 1967, Hoch Auditorium became the site of a fatal accident when 15-year-old Lorraine Kelvin of Clayton, Missouri fell 64-70 feet from a catwalk while attending the Kansas University Midwestern Music and Arts Camp.[4]

On June 15, 1991, Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning. The auditorium and stage area were completely destroyed. Only the limestone facade and lobby area were spared. When reconstruction of the building was complete, the rear half of the building was named Budig Hall, for then KU Chancellor Gene Budig. The original name on the facade was made plural to reflect the presence of multiple auditorium-style lecture halls within the building: Hoch Auditoria.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Budig Hall/Hoch Auditoria". Places.KU.edu. University of Kansas. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hoch Auditorium". HoopsZone.net. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Oratorio Premiere Scheduled Tonight in Hoch Auditorium". Lawrence Daily Journal-World (Dolph Simons). December 31, 1957. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Injured Camper Dies Thursday". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. July 28, 1967. p. 1. Retrieved October 23, 2012.