July 18, 1978
On this day, The Summer Band, a pick-up group of professional musicians in Indianapolis, performed a free concert in the IUPUI Union Building. The concert featured Broadway hits, folk songs, and march tunes. The event was sponsored by the IUPUI Lectures and Convocations Committee, a body tasked in IUPUI's early years with bringing speakers, performers and theatrical groups to campus.
Many of the performances and other events took place in the Union Building. Constructed in the early 1950s, the Union Building was a model of planning in its day. Providing food services, meeting spaces, and living quarters for medical students and IU Medical Center visitors, the Union Building was the social center of the medical campus and, later, the IUPUI campus. Its large dining hall hosted innumerable dances, concerts, madrigal dinners, campus queen contests, and more.
As IUPUI grew in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, the Union Building and its Annex provided shelter for many campus administrative units. However, the building was dated and no longer met the needs of the university. In the twenty-first century, campus administrators razed the Union Building to make way for Eskenazi Hospital.
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