Marvin Center

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Marvin Center, 1970
Marvin Center pool sharks, 1971


Title: Marvin Center

Address: 800 21st Street, N.W.

Square and lot, bordering streets: Square 77 (H, I, 21st, 22nd Streets)

Architect: Mills, Petticord & Mills

Date of construction: 1968-70, renovated 2002-03

Original owner: The George Washington University

Description: The University Center and the University Theater were opened in February 1970. The building is bipartite, with one half serving as a student center with bookstore, meeting rooms, offices, eateries, and parking. The other half is comprised of the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, with seating for 380 people. After a gift of $1.5 million from the Marvin family to name the building after Cloyd Heck Marvin, president of the University from 1927-59, the building (along with the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater, named for the donor, President Marvin's wife) was dedicated on February 15, 1971. The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Conference Center was dedicated October 9, 2002 and the Marc C. Abrams Great Hall was dedicated December 6, 2002 during a major $20 million remodeling phase of the Center.

The Marvin Center is The George Washington University's campus community center. It offers programs, services, and facilities for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and University guests. The Center's wide range of facilities includes dining locations, a theatre, lounges, recreational facilities, study rooms, travel agency, computer store, GW Concierge, GW bookstore, Student Organization Resource Center, and conference and meeting rooms in the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Conference Center.

The Marvin Center provides facilities for programs conducted by the University Program Board, by academic departments that include the performing arts, and by other University organizations. The operation of the Marvin Center is overseen by the Senior Vice President of Student and Academic Support Services. The Marvin Center Governing Board is a representative body composed of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Board works closely with the Center's staff in the review and development of policies, guidelines, and procedures that direct the operation of the Center. The Director of the Center reports to the Senior Vice President for Student and Academic Support Services.

Historic designation: None

Document Information

Images: 2
Photographic Credit: GW University Historical Photographs Collection
Author or Source: Reconnaissance-Level Architectural Survey Of Properties In Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C, 1999 (RG0063, Series 10, Box 1, Folder 3)
Document Location: University Archives
Date Added to Encyclopedia: December 21, 2006
Prepared by: Lyle Slovick

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