Did you know that part of the college’s original building, the East Building, still stands? It is presently the GRCC Music Center, constructed in the gymnasium portion of the East Building when architects and acoustic consultants determined that the concrete floors and heavy masonry walls were excellent sound isolators. The classroom portion of the East Building was razed in the early 1970s to make room for the Learning Resource Center.
The Music Center, the first true facility the Music Department has occupied at the college, opened in August of 1980. Original plans included a 750-seat performance hall to the immediate east, but the funding never materialized.
Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100 year history of GRJC/GRCC. Written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood, it provides a wealth of information on the college and its people. It can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online here.