Opened in 2002, Hatfield Hall houses a 602-seat theater, alumni center, and offices for development, communications and marketing, and alumni affairs. The beautiful building was made possible through a $14 million gift from 1984 alumnus Mike Hatfield and his wife, Deborah, who named the building in honor of his parents, Larry and Pat Hatfield.
The theater is one of the main reasons visitors come to campus, thanks to Rose-Hulman's excellent Performing Arts Series. It provides wonderful entertainment opportunities for students, as well, whether they're in the audience or on the 46'x30' stage. In fact, the Rose-Hulman Drama Club, chorus and instrumental groups all perform in Hatfield Hall. The theater was designed for top acoustical performance, and the seats are identical to those in the Kodak Theater, site of the Academy Awards show in Los Angeles. The top-notch facilities also include rehearsal rooms, a scene shop, dressing room, band and choral rooms, costume shop and a green room.
The front of Hatfield Hall includes a glass-walled lobby with unique chandeliers shining down on heated granite floors. The walls are African cherry wood from a single tree, and the rotunda housing the Alumni Center is made of Indiana limestone. Housing memorabilia from Rose-Hulman's past, the Alumni Center includes display cases, workspace for visiting alumni and a fireplace.