Tamarack Hall in 1960 (Photo/IU)
Indiana's State Budget Committee has approved 45-million dollars to rebuild what was the very first building on the campus of Indiana University Northwest in Gary. Historians say the original Tamarack Hall, known as Gary Center, and Gary Main after going up in 1958, was renamed Tamarack in the 70s when a number of buildings on campus were given the names of trees. Tamarack is an American Larch. Tamarack Hall was damaged in the devastating floods of September 2008, and demolished early last year. The university says Tamarack was widely considered to be one of the finest theater venues in northern Indiana. The new hall at 35th and Broadway will be shared by IUN and Ivy Tech.
IU says the former Tamarack Hall Theatre was also home to Theatre Northwest, with its first performance in 1961. At its origination, Theatre Northwest was the only such performing arts venue and program out of all the IU regional campuses.