Old Auditorium and Chapel

Old Auditorium, 1906.

Old Auditorium, 1906.

Opened in 1906, Mars Hill College’s First Auditorium and Chapel was the first building constructed under President Dr. Robert L. Moore’s administration. Designed in 1904 by Mr. R. T. Daniel of Weldon, North Carolina and costing roughly $4,000 dollars to build, the original auditorium contained a 300 seat main room, two recitation rooms, two music rooms, a library, and a room set aside for the Business Department to use when needed. Mr. Daniel also designed the recitation rooms so that they could function as additional seating during large public events. When used, this additional space doubled the maximum capacity of the auditorium. Sadly, the old auditorium was lost on February 5, 1961 when a former student returned to campus and set fire to the structure.

 Chapman, Robert, Norton, Darryl, and Walter Smith, ed. Through the Long Years: Photographic Reminiscences of Mars Hill College. Asheville: Biltmore Press, 2006. 

McLeod, John Angus. From These Stones: Mars Hill College, 1856-1967. North Carolina: Mars Hill College Press, 1968.

1910 map of Mars Hill College campus.

1910 map of campus showing the Old Auditorium in relation to Founders Hall and Marshbanks Hall.

Interior of the Old Auditorium.

The interior of the Old Auditorium.

Graduation ceremony in the Old Auditorium.

Graduation ceremony in the Old Auditorium.

Student production in the Old Auditorium.

Student production in the Old Auditorium.

Old Auditorium after it was destroyed by fire, 1961.

Fire destroyed the Old Auditorium in February, 1961.

Old Auditorium and Chapel