Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ruby Diamond




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.

13 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Your pictures are wonderful, very professional reportage! It's a place to enjoy ART and also the elegant atmosphere! :)
Léia

Halcyon said...

What a beautiful auditorium!

Ms. Moon said...

WOW!

Kaori said...

Oh wow! That is a gorgeous auditorium!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful. The wood just glows. I love the name Ruby Diamond. MB

Jacob said...

That is quite stunning. And your photography is beautiful - love the lighting and the colors! Excellent job!

Jack said...

It is a lovely place. And your homage to Ms. Diamond is well deserved. Thanks.

Clytie said...

What a beautiful auditorium - completely worthy of it's name!

I also like the Spanish moss in your last post!

biebkriebels said...

It is a beautiful auditorium and well renovated. I like those old buildings, it is good to have them.

Birdman said...

What a beauty!

Rob and Mandy said...

Wow, that is one nice auditorium!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That's a handsome auditorium. The lady it is named after was certainly generous.

JM said...

Love the top shot!