1959, the state legislature appropriated $724,000 to build
the Fine Arts Center. Earlier money allocated made a total
of $924,000 available for the FAC, a Heating Plant, land
purchase and campus development.
construction of the FAC, it was discovered after much of the rough
building had already taken place that the Auditorium, which was
originally planned for 700 persons, would because of architect’s
errors; only hold seating for 529 people. This caused difficulties
in the community and the College and, in fact, delayed construction
for some time.
discussion and after several studies had been completed, it was
decided that the 529 seats would more than hold the entire college
student body and the Auditorium wasn't intended primarily as a
community concert hall, but for a student auditorium. After all, at
that time no other College in the state could boast of having a
facility large enough for all of their students.
In July 1959,
President Bruhn discovered that the architects had failed to provide
for the construction of heat, water, telephone, and electrical lines
to the buildings that had been designed. Working through this and
other shortages of funds, the College Administration again had to
rely on the generosity of the local citizens and money was raised by
the Dixie Education Association to assist with the completion and
furnishing of the new FAC.