Gammage Memorial Auditorium

Gammage Memorial Auditorium

ASU Gammage
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Address 1200 South Forest Avenue
Tempe, Arizona
United States
Owner Arizona State University
Capacity 3,011
Opened 1964


Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Gammage Memorial Auditorium is located in Arizona
Gammage Memorial Auditorium
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural style Usonian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 85002170[1]
Added to NRHP September 11, 1985

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is considered to be the last public commission of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.[2] Groundbreaking took place and construction on the building began on May 23, 1962. It took 25 months to complete. The built-on-time, under-budget building opened in 1964 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy.[3]

The auditorium is named for Dr. Grady Gammage, President of Arizona State University (ASU) from 1933 to 1959. The auditorium is located on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona at the crossroads of Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Structure and subsequent changes

The structure measures 300 feet (91 m) long by 250 feet (76 m) wide by 80 feet (24 m) high. Fifty concrete columns support the round roof with its pattern of interlocking circles. Twin "[4][5]

Performance and other spaces


The auditorium has a maximum seating capacity of 3,011. It is wheelchair accessible and has an infrared system for 30 hearing-impaired people (in addition to signers).


  • Stage type: proscenium
  • Playing space dimensions: 64'x33' or 64'x40'
  • Proscenium opening: 64'x30'
  • Height grid/ceiling: 78'
  • Stage floor type: Sprung wood
  • Stage floor covering: Marley
  • Rigging system type: 30 double purchase, 28 hydraulic (58 lines total)


  • Loading dock
  • Door dimensions: 10'x11'6
  • Dressing rooms: 9
  • Maximum capacity: 54


Permanent installations: traps in stage, orchestra shell, orchestra pit, hydraulic pit, electricity in pit, music stands, pianos (9' Steinway, 5' Steinway, Kawai Upright)


  • Dimensions: 76'x6'
  • Number of stands: 85
  • Chairs for pit: 90


  • Building electrics current: 9 panels-3-600/3-200/2-100/1-100 = 2700 total
  • Lighting board: computer memory
  • Lighting equipment: 32-8x13, 22-10x12, 55-6x9, 30 8" Fresnels, 12 Par Cans, 12 Mini Strips

See also


  • Storrer, William Allin. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. University of Chicago Press, 2006, ISBN 0-226-77621-2 (S.432)
  1. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - ARIZONA - Maricopa County". National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "ASU Gammage from the beginning". Arizona State University. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Colleen Jennings-Roggensack. "About ASU Gammage". ASU Gammage. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
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External links

  • Photos of Frank Lloyd Wright and Gammage Auditorium
  • ASU Gammage
  • Page with photos of the Gammage Auditorium
  • Gammage Auditorium on
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  • Photos on Arcaid