Lecture Hall -- Campbell Hall



A rendering of Campbell Hall, looking northeast towards the main entrance. East Hall (now Phelps Hall) is off to the right and behind. Campbell Hall was named in honor of John and Ina Therese Campbell, founders of the Santa Barbara Campus Scholarship fund. According to UCSB Library materials, the construction of Campbell Hall was made possible by the sale and lease of the Mesa and Riviera campuses.
The 860 seat theater is the largest venue on campus and is the site for large lecture classes, concerts, and public events (through Arts and Lectures series). Prior to Campbell Hall's construction in 1961, the largest performance venue on campus was a Marine Base era "movie house." In justifying a new building, the committee cited: "the flat floor makes viewing excruciatingly uncomfortable... the discomfort of the metal folding chairs destroys attention after thirty minutes... the structure would not pass present building codes-- in fact, firemen must be physically present at all performances."


Charles Luckman Associates, executive architects


University of California, Santa Barbara Campus Building records, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.


circa 1962


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Charles Luckman Associates, executive architects, “Lecture Hall -- Campbell Hall,” UCSB ADC Omeka, accessed July 18, 2024, http://www.adc-exhibits.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/107.