Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Grady Gammage Auditorium....revisited


I got so many comments about Gammage Auditorium yesterday that I thought I'd repeat a post I did back in 2011.  I think this might be the first time I've ever repeated a photo but, this really is the best one I have that shows the whole building in all it's splendor.

This a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building that was constructed on this prominent corner of the ASU campus back in 1962.  There is an interesting story that goes with that construction.  Back in 1957, Grady Gammage was President of ASU and he wanted an auditorium on the campus that would stand out as a true landmark.  He consulted his good friend Frank Lloyd Wright who dusted off some plans he had created for a center in Baghdad Iraq.  He adapted that design to the university's use  and the plan was put in place.  The sad part of the story is that neither man lived to see the finished building.  They both passed away in 1959.  When construction began in 1962, Grady Gammage Jr. turned the first shovel.

The auditorium is a much loved landmark on the Tempe campus.  It sits on the corner of Mill Ave and Apache Blvd right where Apache curves to merge into Mill Ave.  The the street seems to wrap itself around the this round building.

I've had tickets to the Valley Broadway series of Broadway shows for many years along with my friends Julie & Dave.  You know them from Scottsdale Daily Photo and Tamarindo Costa Rico Daily Photo.   All of the Broadway series productions are staged here so I've been here often.  The theatre is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.

15 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This building is a true asset for the community and your well composed photos do it justice. Julie and I enjoy seeing you at the shows, and even more so when we can get together before the shows.

Lowell said...

It does look like it would fit perfectly in a middle-eastern country! Gorgeous is not quite enough of a description. Those flowing circular lines stabbed by the long poles and covered by what appear to be concrete drapes - just superb!

It was on campus when I was there but I can't for the life of me remember ever being inside!

Mersad said...

Stunning photo of a stunning place.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Karl Demetz said...

As I said yesterday, I like this building, and also the shadow of the palm!

Bill Nicholls said...

Looks like a spaceship has lannded

Judy said...

I believe this is counted as FLW's last work. Such a shame neither man got to see it. I like this picture of it.

William Kendall said...

It really is a grand place!

RedPat said...

I remember It and certainly don't mind seeing it again, Sharon!

cieldequimper said...

It's really impressive seen like that, almost like a temple. Love the shadows!

glenda said...

I love this building and thanks for the history on the construction. So sad that neither of them saw the finished project.

Randy said...

The last time I was there I saw Annie Lennox in concert. I will never forget that night.

llandudnopictures said...

It's a very modern looking building, with a classic twist!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The Auditorium is an amazing architectural achievement Sharon.. thank you for the history,always completes the vision. Love that it's sitting on Apache Blvd :)

Kathy said...

Thanks for the touch of history. It's a good thing Wright didn't build it in Baghdad. It probably wouldn't be there today.

Jack said...

This is completely different from any other Wright building that I have seen. I am amazed.