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New Doors Honor History

IPF Craftsperson applies varnish to auditorium door.

New Doors Honor History

Since its opening in 1940, MSU’s Auditorium doors have welcomed such dignitaries as Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr., and some of music’s greats—Bob Dylan, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, The Beastie Boys, Prince and more recently Panic at the Disco, Drake and John Legend. And along with them, hundreds of thousands of audience members and visitors.

Steve Rondeau, IPF carpenter
II, was assigned
the task of recreating
all 18 of the doors that
adorn the east and west
facades of the facilities.

After 80 years of wear, tear and unforgiving weather taking their toll on the grand entryways to the MSU Auditorium and Fairchild Theater, replacement became necessary. Thanks to talented craftspeople like Steven Rondeau, an MSU carpenter, and Pam Hebeler, an MSU painter, all 18 doors were recreated with an extreme attention to detail.

During construction, the
doors traveled between
Rondeau in the IPF Carpentry
Shop and painter
Pam Hebeler in the IPF
Paint Shop.


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