Built in 1911, Richard H. Allen Memorial Hall is one of the greatest architectural treasures remaining in Alaska. Its architectural style is English Tudor characterized by a distinctive cupola, shingle siding, sculptured rafter ends, and decorated brackets and dentils. It was under threat of demolition in the 1990s, and in 1999, it was listed as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2001, it was designated a national historic landmark and campus revitalization efforts have since returned Allen Hall to its glory as centerpiece of the Sheldon Jackson Campus.
Originally built for classrooms and physical training, Allen Hall hosted everything from roller-skating to a production of the HMS Pinafore in its century of use. In the 1970s, Allen Hall was the site of performances during the inaugural years of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Today, the building continues to serve a wide range of functions from conferences to concerts. The newly completed Odess Theater is the perfect space for those looking for a venue for performance events. The auditorium floor can be set up for theater-style seating or left spacious for dancing. Looking for a unique venue for a wedding? Make this architectural gem the backdrop of your special day.
1910-1911 Historic Landmark status
Theater capacity for events up to 300 guests
Lobby provides additional space for socializing or food service
Upstairs dance studios, available for rent upon inquiry
Del Shirley Room, located upstairs, is great for smaller and more intimate events
Please Note: Odess Theater is not available for rental while Sitka Fine Arts Camp’s summer programs are in session