Van Meter Hall

270-745-0111
1906 College Heights Blvd. | Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Van Meter Hall was the first building constructed on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Constructed in 1911, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. This historic building underwent a major renovation and expansion in 2008. The overhaul of the building included improvements in lighting, acoustic upgrades, restoration of the original chandeliers and crown molding, the addition of an electronic orchestra pit, an audio/visual area, a redisgned balcony, new elevator and restrooms, beautiful dressing rooms and a defined greenroom. The Auditorim seats nearly 1,100 people and hosts concerts, theater performances, public events, and is available for rental.

Van Meter was Louisville architect Brinton B. Davis' first project at WKU. When completed, it was one of the largest buildings between Nashville and Louisville. A student who first saw the campus in 1913 thought Van Meter "the biggest building in the world," a perception accentuated by its position atop a commanding hill. Resembling the Acropolis' Erectheion Temple, Davis lavished the "rotunda" of Van Meter with beautiful fluted pilasters, a stained glass skylight and French marble. Visitors and students enjoy the view from its steps and the nearby fountain.

Sep30

University Bands

September 30, 2016
Van Meter Hall

University Bands Concert at Van Meter Auditorium. Please call or visit the website above for more. Read More

Oct10

The Hilltoppers...

October 10, 2016
Van Meter Hall

KET and Western Kentucky University invite you to attend a free premiere screening of the new KET... Read More

Oct10

“The Hilltoppers”...

October 10, 2016
Van Meter Hall

During the 1950s, an unassuming quartet from Bowling Green made the astonishing rise from college... Read More

Oct16

University Choirs

October 16, 2016
Van Meter Hall

University Choirs at Van Meter Auditorium. Begins 3pm. Call the number or visit the website above... Read More

Oct20

Ben Sollee

October 20, 2016
Van Meter Hall, WKU

The WKU Cultural Enhancement Series (CES) provides the campus and community the opportunity to meet... Read More

Oct20

WKU Cultural...

September 27 - November 7, 2016
Van Meter Hall

Come to the Cultural Enhancement Series at WKU's Van Meter Hall featuring intellectual, educational... Read More

Oct28

The Symphony

October 28, 2016
Van Meter Hall

The Symphony performs at WKU Van Meter Auditorium. Call or visit the website for more. Read More

Nov7

Joel Sartore

November 7, 2016
Van Meter Hall, WKU

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic... Read More

Feb21

Black Violin

February 21, 2017
Van Meter Hall, WKU

In the spring semester, Black Violin will perform on Feb. 21. A musical duo that features a blend of... Read More