Jordan College of the Arts

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

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Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, an acoustically superior 140-seat concert venue in Robertson Hall, opened on December 3, 2004. This $3 million facility serves as a prestigious showplace for both faculty and student recitals and guest performances.

The recital hall includes a roughly 300-square-foot white oak stage and 1500 square feet of room for the audience in twelve rows of chairs on white oak floors. The walls are ornamented with mahogany wainscoting and trim. The venue includes a facility for receptions following performances.

The hall was funded by the late Ruth Duckwall Rasmussen Williams, '39, and was named in honor of her parents, Paul Duckwall and Iva Eidson-Duckwall, who was a faculty member of the Jordan Conservatory of Music (now Jordan College of the Arts). The lobby is named for civic leader Sidney Weedman, a member of Butler's class of 1960 and a former member of the university's faculty and board of trustees.

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This hall is the second of three phases of construction and remodeling of Butler's Performing Arts Complex. Phase one, the addition to Lilly Hall, is also complete. Phase three is construction of a 450 seat concert hall north of Clowes Memorial Hall called the Schrott Center.  The new facility will be open in the spring of 2013.