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WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for Wednesday night were canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Van Meter Hall

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Welcome to the historic Van Meter Hall at Western Kentucky University!

Van Meter was the first building constructed on WKU's campus. Constructed in 1911, it was named for Captain Charles J. Van Meter, a local riverboat captain and developer. Van Meter housed Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry's Office, the first President of WKU. It housed office space and Chapel was held each day in the auditorium.

When completed in 1911, it was one of the largest buildings between Nashville and Louisville. Resembling the Acropolis' Erectheion Temple, it was lavished with ornate fluted pilasters, a stained glass skylight and French marble. All are still present today!

Recent renovations began in Summer of 2008 and were completed in January 2010. The update of the building includes upgrades to the lighting, acoustics, restoration to the chandeliers and crown molding, the addition of an electronic orchestra pit, an audio/visual control room, a redesigned balcony, new elevators and restrooms, handsome dressing rooms as well as a greenroom. The auditorium seats 1046 and is available for rental today!




Van Meter Auditorium / WKU Campus and Community Events; Van Meter Hall, 102 • (270) 745-2497 •


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