Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall
Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall is a multi-use building at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. It contains the largest auditorium on the campus, containing two floors of seating. The building is home to art shows, musical acts, theatre, assemblies and guest speakers.
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In 1957, Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall opened its doors and became the first building on the College’s "new campus." PBK Hall was originally in a different building on campus but had burned down in a fire in 1953. The name comes from the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which was the first academic honor society created in the United States. It was founded at the College in 1776.
1976 presidential debate
Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall was the site of the third and final presidential debate between candidates Jimmy Carter (D) and Gerald Ford (R) in the 1976 Presidential election. The debate occurred on October 22 and was moderated by Barbara Walters. Panelists included journalist Joseph Kraft, Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Nelson, and Washington Post reporter Robert Maynard.
Demolition and renovation
In 2019, the aging building began demolitions, with much of the brick and concrete construction being removed by the end of the summer. However, budgetary constraints forced the halt of the demolitions, leaving portions of the steel super-structure still visible. The continuation of the demolition and the construction of the new fine and performing arts center was delayed until early summer 2020 while awaiting state funding. The original completion date was scheduled for 2021.
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- ^ 1951-1975 W&M timeline – wm.edu Archived 2008-07-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on June 14, 2008.
- ^ a b c "1976 Debates Overview". AllPolitics. CNN. 1996. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- ^ "The Daily Diary of President Gerald R. Ford - October 22, 1976" (PDF). Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
- ^ Kale, Wilford (6 March 2020). "Construction on Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall set to resume once more funding is OK'd by General Assembly". Virginia Gazette. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- ^ Doiron, Alexa (26 May 2019). "William & Mary starts demolition on Phi Beta Kappa Hall". Williamsburg Yorktown Daily. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
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