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Slayter Center of Performing Arts (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1964-

Historical Information

The Slayter Center of Performing Arts began as a multipurpose structure with an outdoor stage and all season utility. The exterior design featured an 85 foot high steel tripod that suspended a 200 ton concrete roof over a 63x43 foot stage. The building was designed to look like Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England and had a "flaring horn" design that compressed and projected sound instead of just reflecting it. It's walls were made of stelae which is similar to the stone monoliths that make up Stonehenge. In between the stones is broken yellow french glass that is held together with black epoxy-resin. When it was constructed, a small pool was built in front which could be drained and used for dancing or as an orchestra pit.


Slayter Center of Performing Arts. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Access September 16, 2019.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Slayter Center of Performing Arts records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 61, Placement: 01
Identifier: UA 132
Scope and Contents The Slayter Center of Performing Arts records contains a dedication booklet with information about the facility.
Dates: May 1, 1965