Luther College Moment in History #35

In 1962 Luther College engaged George Wickstead to draw up a new campus plan after the burning of Preus Gymnasium. The Wickstead plan suggested building a combination chapel-auditorium-fine arts center on the site of the old gym, where the Center for Faith and Life now stands. In 1970 a building committee was formed with musicologist Bartlett Butler as chairman and including President Farwell, Robert Larson, Gordon Smedsrud, and two students. This committee put together a proposal on the philosophy of the Center for the Luther College community which involved a multipurpose facility with a warm feeling of welcome and dignity. The Center for Faith and Life was dedicated on Oct. 16, 1977. Today the CFL is used throughout the week for chapel, as well as on Sunday mornings for Campus Worship. During the academic year, the building is used for the Center Stage Series which brings in outside performing groups to the Luther College Campus.