Constructed in 1926 the Stambaugh Auditorium sits directly across from Wick Park in downtown Youngstown Ohio. The auditorium derives its name from its benefactor, Henry H Stambough, who left 1,500,000 through his will to the city of Youngstown in order to construct the auditorium. Designed by the Architecture firm Helme and Corbett the building is an homage to the Pantheon in Paris France. This historic building has been the stage for many renowned artists throughout the years and still hosts numerous popular acts.
Backstory and Context
The Stambaugh Auditorium derives its name from a Youngstown philanthropist named Henry Stambaugh. Henry Stambaugh was greatly influential to the growth of Youngstown as an industrial city. He was associated with numerous Youngstown companies, including Youngstown Sheet and Tube, The First National Bank, and The Stambaugh-Thompson company. Mr.Stambaugh left $1,500,000 in his will to the people of Youngstown for the express purpose of building an auditorium in the city.
The Stambaugh Auditorium was built in 1926 and designed by Helme-Corbett, an architecture group based out of New York. This architecture group was responsible for buildings such as the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. For the Stambaugh Auditorium was based on the public auditorium in Springfield, Massachusetts, which itself was modeled after the Pantheon in Paris. The Stambaugh Auditorium continues to be a center of arts in the Youngstown community to this day.
About Us , www.stambaughauditorium.com. Accessed August 29th 2019. https://www.stambaughauditorium.com/about-us/.
Luce, Ray. Henry H. Stambaugh Memorial Auditorium. National Register of Historic places Inventory—Nomination Form. Published January 10th 1984.