Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts (Webster University Archives)
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Date(s): Mostly 1960s.
Administrative/Biographical History: Developed after a study financed by the Educational Facilities Laboratories, Inc. of the Ford Foundation, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Loretto-Hilton Center was held Feb. 2, 1964, and the facility was officially dedicated May 8, 1966. The late Conrad Nicholas Hilton contributed $1.5 million of the $1.9 million that the center cost. Inside there was a 952-seat main stage theatre and a 125-seat Studio Theatre. The Center is the official home for the Webster U. Conservatory of Theatre Arts, the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
An addition to the Center was completed in 2002. That same year the main stage was named the Virginia Jackson Browning Theatre in honor of the contributions of Larry and Jinny Browning.
Scope/Content: Includes miscellaneous materials related to the Center, especially as regards the groundbreaking ceremony and official dedication. Numerous articles that appeared in the local press and in national publications are included. Also has letters from Conrad Hilton to college officials and students, as well as information about Mr. Hilton's personal assistant, Olive D. Wakeman. Note that the emphasis on this record series is the opening of the facility itself. Related information regarding the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is in a separate record group.
Conditions of Access and Use: The collection is open for research use by appointment only.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright restrictions may apply.
Languages and Scripts of the Material: Materials entirely in English.
Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts A brief history of the Center is provided.