For 83 years, Wilson Auditorium stood at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Clifton Court. The once grand art-deco-style facility was demolished in November, but not before inspiring countless memories from students and faculty who so fondly recall what was once UC’s featured stage and one of its most popular large-classroom settings. Wilson’s 1,200-seat auditorium hosted many national acts and celebrities over the years including Paul Newman, Elvis Costello, the Byrds and Frank Zappa, just to name a few.
The facility was also home to CCM’s Drama Department from 1984 to 1999. Once newer venues opened on campus, the building, which had many structural challenges, closed in 2000 and continued to deteriorate until its demise last fall.
Read dozens of personal recollections from readers about Wilson, see a video of its demolition and historical images in our Wilson tribute feature.
You can also watch the 1991 implosion of Sander Hall, another ever-popular campus building that only lives on in our memories.