Indiana University Conrad Prebys Amphitheater Bloomington, Indiana

The long awaited implementation of former Indiana University President Herman B. Wells’ vision for an outdoor performance venue was recently brought to life by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf. The Conrad Prebys Amphitheater was built in conjunction with the university’s continuing commitment to supporting the arts and humanities. It is nestled into the hillside adjacent to the Bryan House in the heart of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. The inspiration was largely by the Scott Outdoor Amphitheater in Swarthmore, Pa., which is an outdoor space that incorporates a series of stone steps into a grassy area surrounded by trees.

The amphitheater includes 300+ pieces of custom, machined and hand-carved limestone that was locally sourced, a seating capacity of around 275 people, a bluestone paving stage area, accessible paths to the Bryan House patio, preservation of area trees, luscious landscape plantings, and site and landscape lighting. A sunroom was added to Bryan House as well as landscaping and an exterior patio for entertaining and fundraising events. It has an 80-person capacity.

Completed in October 2016, performers, visitors, and students can now occupy the space for scheduled shows and as a study area among the greenery.