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Northrop Auditorium, by the numbers

  • March 30, 2014 - 1:00 AM

2,700

seats on four levels, down from 4,847 seats on two levels.

22-23

the width, in inches, of most seats, compared with 17-19 before. More leg room, too. (Souvenir alert: old armrests, etched with a Northrop image, are being sold, for $25, during next weekend’s American Ballet Theatre run.)

21

public restrooms, up from 11.

8

concession stands, up from 4.

$88.2 million

the final tab for renovation, with $60.2 million in university debt, $18.9 million from the state’s Higher Education Asset Preservation and Restoration fund and $9.1 million in private donations.

$1.375 million

the original cost of the building in 1929 (equivalent to $18.9 million in 2014 dollars).

38

months of construction (the original Northrop went up in 19 months).

39

design staffers from HGA Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis contributed to the project, including lead designer Tim Carl and project manager Jim Moore.

44

years as the home of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1930 to 1974.

41

years as the touring home of the Metropolitan Opera, 1945 to 1986.

19

concerts by contralto Marian Anderson, starting in 1939 and ending with her farewell performance in 1964.

RICK NELSON

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