About the Project
Construction continues on a new Westminster Choir College academic complex in Princeton.
The complex will be named the Marion Buckelew Cullen Center in honor of the philanthropist who made a $5 million bequest to Westminster Choir College. The new building will contain a 3,000-square-foot performance and rehearsal hall, which will be named the Hillman Performance Hall, in recognition of the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, which provided a $3 million grant to support the project. In addition to the performance/rehearsal hall, the Cullen Center will include a large lobby, a green room and three flexibly configured classrooms that will accommodate a wide range of academic and choral uses. It will be located beside The Playhouse, creating a new quadrangle and courtyard that will be a primary outdoor venue for Westminster student and alumni events. Its design was inspired by the Georgian style of the four original buildings surrounding the Morgan Quadrangle.
Funding for the $8 million project has been provided by pledges, gifts and grants from various sources.
The Cullen Center will include an integrated connection to The Playhouse that will provide improved audience access and amenities including a ticket booth and handicap-accessible restrooms. To maximize the opportunities the project offers for enhancing The Playhouse, a campaign is under way to secure $1.69 million to upgrade this building that has played such an important role in Westminster’s history.
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