Faculty Advisor

Pietroforte, Roberto


The Worcester Memorial Auditorium, built after a long political struggle as a war memorial for the use and benefit of the people, has recently fallen into disuse. This Interactive Qualifying Project investigates the circumstances surrounding the planning, useful life, and decline of the Auditorium through an examination of available historical records. The original functional intention of the Auditorium, the actual resulting use during its successful lifetime, and the reasons surrounding its decline are analyzed herein. Additionally, the national and regional economic forces influencing the City of Worcester, and specifically the life of the Auditorium, are examined through statistical records and historical texts.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering