Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State University campus has just undergone an extensive restoration. The original auditorium was built in 1911. It developed a settling crack and was closed in 1951. It was torn down, and a new auditorium was built in 1954. The auditorium is located in the Westcott Administration building and was named in honor of Ruby Diamond who was a lifelong citizen of Tallahassee and one of thirteen members of the 1905 graduating class of the Florida State College. As one of FSU's most revered alumni and benefactors, "Miss Ruby" generously supported her alma mater for over 65 years by establishing scholarships and donating land adjacent to the campus. In 1981, at age 95, she donated downtown property assessed at more than $100,000 in order to partially fund an endowed chair in the College of Education.