Douwstra Auditorium


Douwstra Auditorium has been the heart of Central College’s campus since it was built in 1939 as the college chapel. Over its eight-decade history, it has hosted countless concerts, convocations and campus traditions. With the completed $2.2 million Phase I of renovation, Douwstra has undergone significant upgrades, including state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, seating and the larger Hoekstra Family Stage.

Phase II of the renovation holds even greater promise, with plans to reintroduce a handcrafted pipe organ by Cassavant Frères, restoring a vital piece missing since the 1984 renovation. This collaboration aims to create an organ that not only complements the auditorium’s architecture but also fills the space with unparalleled sound, enriching future concerts and celebrations. This renovation will also include plans for much needed back-of-house infrastructure improvements, including new air-handling and mechanical equipment.

Rendering of Douwstra Pipe Organ

The journey to revitalize Douwstra Auditorium has been fueled by generous donations, reflecting the spirit of community support that has characterized its history. Looking ahead, Central aspires to have Douwstra provide even more enriching experiences for both campus and surrounding communities. With your continued support, this mission can be fulfilled.

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