Square footage: 4,500
Pfeiffer Hall is a grand venue with a large proscenium stage. Built before the start of the Great Depression, this auditorium has been a magnet for the arts in Chicago’s western suburbs for more than 85 years.
Dedicated as the Barbara Pfeiffer Memorial Hall, the venue was the largest performance theater in Illinois west of Chicago when it opened. In addition to hosting North Central College’s musical and theatrical performances and weekly chapel services for many decades, Pfeiffer Hall has hosted many speakers over the years, including Robert Frost, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Kissinger, Cornel West and Barack Obama.
The auditorium features main-floor seating for 588 and balcony seating for 469. The hall also houses classrooms and practice rooms for the College’s departments of music and theatre and continuing education music programs for the community, as well as faculty offices for North Central’s speech communication department.
Over the years Pfeiffer Hall has undergone renovations to its exterior, interior furnishings, sound systems and air comfort systems.
Pfeiffer Hall is named in honor of Barbara Pfeiffer by her sons, Henry and G.A. Pfeiffer who gave the lead gift for the building. The Pfeiffer family has been a generous benefactor of the College.