Behind the original stage were a boys’ and a girls’ dressing room. These rooms have the most picturesque entrances in the English Building. In the renovation, these doors and steps will be replaced by windows.
Since the 1950s, the cluster of offices behind the old theater space has puzzled those of us who have occupied the spaces. Students, searching for a professor, have likened the design to the minotaur’s maze. The curved hallway was quite narrow. As you can see in the plans, it was only 30 inches wide, and did not meet any ADA standards. It will be removed in the renovation.
Backstage–behind the stage wall.
The curved wall on the right was the back of the stage. On the left are the doors to the dressing rooms (first the men’s, then the women’s).
Backstage–the hallway to the left curves around the former stage.
We knew that these had served as dressing rooms in the original design, but until we had access to the architectural drawings, the space didn’t quite make sense.
Barbara (Brantingham) Britton in the Girls’ Dressing Room. She received a Paramount Pictures contract after starring in the college’s 1940 production of The Old Maid (and after appearing in the Tournament of Roses parade where her picture was noticed by a Paramount executive).