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Macon City Auditorium

Coordinates: 32°50′14″N 83°37′53″W / 32.83722°N 83.63139°W / 32.83722; -83.63139
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Municipal Auditorium
Macon City Auditorium
Macon City Auditorium is located in Georgia
Macon City Auditorium
Macon City Auditorium is located in the United States
Macon City Auditorium
Location415-435 1st St., Macon, Georgia
Coordinates32°50′14″N 83°37′53″W / 32.83722°N 83.63139°W / 32.83722; -83.63139
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectEgerton Swartwout (primary), Dennis & Dennis (associate)
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Greek revival
NRHP reference No.71000262[1]
Added to NRHPJune 21, 1971

The Macon City Auditorium is a historic structure in Macon, Georgia, United States, that has hosted performances, meetings, and events for the community since 1925. It was designed by New York architect Egerton Swartwout. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Municipal Auditorium in 1971.[1][2]

Located nearly across the street from Macon's historic City Hall, the auditorium is designed in a similar Classical style, surrounded on three sides by limestone Doric columns.[citation needed]

The building is capped by a copper dome, claimed by many locals to be the largest in the world, though verifying the fact has proved difficult. Below the dome, the Great Hall seats 2,688 total, split between the 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) floor (typically configured with folding chairs and tables for various uses) and a balcony with fixed seating for 988. Over the stage, a Don Carlos Dubois and Wilbur Kurtz mural contains scenes from Macon area history from the Spanish explorations of Hernando de Soto to the early twentieth century.[citation needed]

Though it is significantly older than, and geographically separate from, the other building in the complex, the auditorium is maintained as part of the Macon Centreplex, which also includes the Macon Coliseum. The latter two facilities comprise a single building on the east side of the Ocmulgee River, and for many in the general public, "the Centreplex" refers specifically to that property, while the downtown structure continues to be colloquially known simply as "the Auditorium".[citation needed]

The Macon Coliseum has about 9,000 seats while the Macon City Auditorium has 2,688.[3]

Recent events[edit]

  • Funeral for Otis Redding (1967)
  • Oprah Winfrey filmed her 2007 episode, "Oprah's Favorite Things", in the Macon City Auditorium on November 17, 2007.
  • 2016 Celtic Women Destiny Tour


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ John J. McKay Jr. (March 22, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Municipal Auditorium". National Park Service. Retrieved February 1, 2017. with four photos from 1965 and 1971
  3. ^ "Macon Centreplex - Middle Georgia's Historic Family Events Venue". Macon Centreplex.

External links[edit]

Media related to Macon City Auditorium at Wikimedia Commons