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Van Meter

Van Meter Auditorium

Van Meter was Davis' first project at Western. When completed in 1911, it was one of the largest buildings between Nashville and Louisville. A student who first saw the campus in 1913 thought Van Meter "the biggest building in the world," a perception accentuated by its position atop a commanding hill. Resembling the Acropolis' Erectheion Temple, Van Meter contained various administrative offices and a 1,600-seat auditorium for campus community events.

 

Davis lavished the "rotunda" of Van Meter with beautiful fluted pilasters, a stained glass skylight and French marble.vanmeter

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