A bit of history on Stetson University’s DeLand campus may soon meet the wrecking ball.
The Stover Theatre, which was built in 1930 and is part of the campus’ National Register of Historic Places, is scheduled to be razed in mid-July provided the university gets the go-ahead from the city’s Historic Preservation Board and City Commission, said Cindi Brownfield, a university spokeswoman.
The Stetson Board of Trustees voted to bring down the theater during its May 11 meeting, Brownfield said.
“This was a difficult decision,” Brownfield said. “We are committed to historic preservation.”
However, at the same time the university wants to provide a facility that is consistent with the quality of its students and faculty.
“The Stover Theatre is not usable by anyone,” Brownfield said.
She said the building designed as an assembly hall rather than a performance hall and, with its flat roof, the structure has endured significant damage from leaks over the years.
T see the theatre’s website, including a history of the building, visit http://www2.stetson.edu/csata/stover.htm