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Arts & Sciences
Arts & Sciences

Built: 1936

Currently Houses: Arts & Sciences Departments, A&S Auditorium

 

History

Plans to continue the physical development of the UW campus were postponed indefinitely when the economic effects of the Great Depression reached Laramie around 1931. In this crisis; UW funding was endangered, and emergency measures were implemented to maintain operation. During the early 1930s, oil royalties were diverted from new construction towards the retirement of building debts, and statewide oil production asdwindled. The freeze on new construction at UW was alleviated by the advent of federally administered unemployment relief programs created as part of the ''New Deal" offered by the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Financial assistance provided by one such relief program, the Public Works Administration (PWA), enabled the University to construct a major new building on the main quadrangle: the Liberal Arts Building (now called the Arts and Sciences Building).

A defining feature of the building included what was UW's largest auditorium to date (now second to the Arena Auditorium). The Arts & Sciences Auditorium seats nearly 2,000 people at capacity and has been the setting for a string of famous performers and lecturers who have graced its stage.

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