The Dahl Chapel and Auditorium
events at Monmouth College are held in the Auditorium, a 600-seat facility built in 1896.
Its warm acoustic environment has been praised by visiting artists. The building
has been further enhanced by a recent renovation project.
The late Arthur Dahl of Muscatine, Iowa,
former senior vice president of HON Industries, Inc.,
commitment of $1.5 million to Monmouth College in March of 2002.
The gift was made in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Peterson Dahl,
a 1940 MC graduate and a member of the college’s board of trustees for 11
years. The gift funded roughly half of a $3 million renovation of the
Auditorium, the college’s oldest academic building.
Designed by renowned architect Dan Everett
Waid in 1896, the Auditorium was totally renovated internally. In
addition to extensive modernization of the lower level, the main level
was restored to its original look. Work was also done to the
balcony, and the building is now air-conditioned. Work was
completed during the spring of 2003.
Austin Hall (named for former Monmouth
Conservatory director Merrill Austin) houses the offices of the music faculty
and is where most music classes are held.
There are several practice rooms, most with two pianos, and a small
computer lab as well. A piano lab was added in the fall of 2004.