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Dahl Chapel and Auditorium

  • Louise DuBois Kasch Performance Hall

Built in 1896 and renovated in 2002-03, the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium is the college's oldest building. Contains the Louise DuBois Kasch Performance Hall, rehearsal rooms and dressing rooms.  Most musical events at Monmouth College are held in the Auditorium, a 600-seat facility. Its warm acoustic environment has been praised by visiting artists.

The late Arthur Dahl of Muscatine, Iowa, former senior vice president of HON Industries, Inc., made a commitment of $1.5 million to Monmouth College in March of 2002. The gift was made in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Peterson Dahl, a 1940 MC graduate and a member of the college’s board of trustees for 11 years. The gift funded roughly half of a $3 million renovation of the Auditorium, the college’s oldest academic building.

Designed by renowned architect Dan Everett Waid in 1896, the Auditorium was totally renovated internally. In addition to extensive modernization of the lower level, the main level was restored to its original look. Work was also done to the balcony, and the building is now air-conditioned. Work was completed during the spring of 2003.