Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Constructed 1956-1957

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, also known as PBK Hall or Phi Beta Kappa Hall, is located on Jamestown Road between Barksdale Field and the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The building is currently home to the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance.

The first production of a theater performance by students at a college or university in America took place at William & Mary in 1736. The building currently hosts numerous events throughout the year including theater productions, concerts, and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival. It is named in honor of the Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity which was founded by William & Mary students in 1776.

The building was constructed between 1956 and 1957 and opened on March 27, 1957 with the performance of "Romeo and Juliet" by the William & Mary Theatre. The first floor features the auditorium, dressing rooms, offices, and the Phi Beta Kappa room. WCWM, the university’s radio station, operated from Phi Beta Kappa Hall from 1959 until 1985, when it moved to the Campus Center basement studio.

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PBK, 2015

PBK, 2015

A photograph taken in 2015 of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Cornerstone Laying, 1956

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Cornerstone Laying, 1956

Two workers laying the cornerstone of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on June 11, 1956. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall under construction, circa 1956-1957

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall under construction, circa 1956-1957

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall under construction circa 1956-1957. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, circa 1957

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, circa 1957

The exterior front of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall circa 1957. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, 1996

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, 1996

The front of Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall in 1996. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Auditorium, undated

Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall Auditorium, undated

An undated image of the auditorium in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Phi Beta Kappa Room, undated

Phi Beta Kappa Room, undated

An undated image of the Phi Beta Kappa Room inside Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Glenn Close in Twelfth Night, 1970

Glenn Close in Twelfth Night, 1970

Photograph of Glenn Close as Ophelia in William & Marty Theatre's Twelfth Night at Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. | Source: Theatre, Speech, and Dance Records, UA 59 | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

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Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary., “Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall, Constructed 1956-1957,” TribeTrek, accessed July 24, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/25.
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