Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Technology Center and Eckilson-Mabee Theater

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Institution Name: Missouri Valley College
Original/Historic Place Name: Mabee Chapel
Location on Campus: 500 E. College St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1975original construction Unknown
2002renovation; two story "L" shaped addition Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: metal
2002-present (2007)theater
2002-present (2007)classrooms (including computer lab and Technology Center)

Significance: education
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

After an arsonist burned Stewart chapel to the ground in the early part of the 1970s, Mabee Chapel rose like phoenix from the ashes in 1975. As usual, triumph was born of tragedy. Though the name was Mabee Chapel, the building was always much more than just a chapel. The stage at Mabee Chapel has been the site of guest lecturers, theatre productions, and music concerts. Though Mabee Chapel (later Mabee Auditorium) had always served its purpose, it was decided in 2002 that Mabee could serve its purpose better. During the summer of 2002, Mabee saw some big changes. The biggest change, perhaps, was the addition of the Technology Center. A new two-story "L"-shaped addition was added to the front and side of Mabee. This new addition holds "smart" classrooms equipped with laptop computers and computer-projection systems. The IT department, a large new computer lab, and Murrell Memorial Library's Education Collection are all now housed in the Technology Center. The newly named Eckilson-Mabee Theater also underwent huge changes within its walls. A new 7.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound system, computerized stage lighting system, I-Max brand projector, and new decor have changed the offerings from the Theatre or Music departments from a production into an EXPERIENCE!

The significance of the Technology Center/Eckilson-Mabee Theatre lies in its technology. As almost everyone knows, technology is the direction the world is heading, and the more exposure students receive, the better off they will be. Missouri Valley College students are more adept than ever at incorporating technology into virtually any discipline they may be studying. If technology is the wave of the future, then Missouri Valley College is riding that wave, and having a state-of-the-art building like the Technology Center/Eckilson-Mabee Theater is making it more possible than ever before.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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