Iowa State Center

Scheman Building, Suite 102
515-294-3347

Iowa State Center Mission Statement:

"To develop and support the programming, facilities and services necessary to establish the Iowa State Center as the premier university public assembly complex in the United States."

About Us:

The Iowa State Center began as the dream of James H. Hilton, who graduated from Iowa State University in Dairy Science and served as University President from 1953-1965. He proposed the idea of an educational/cultural/athletic complex at the 1954 fall faculty convocation.

Clifford Y. Stephens, another Iowa State University alumnus, led donations with a one million dollar gift toward the Center’s construction of a performing arts auditorium. C.Y. Stephens’ gift came from the dream that he shared with Hilton. He felt passionately that a person’s first great need was the opportunity to get an education and believed all students should have an opportunity to develop an appreciation for the fine arts, which he considered necessary for adequate living. Thanks to their fundraising efforts, the Iowa State Center was constructed without using any state funds.

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra opened Stephens Auditorium in the fall of 1969 with a five-performance, week-long festival. Hilton Coliseum opened in 1971 followed by Fisher Theater in 1974 and Scheman Building in 1975.

At the dedication of the building in 1969, C.Y. Stephens; widow expressed her hope that “within the walls of the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, countless persons will experience a newborn appreciation for the performing arts in the decades to come. There could be no more fitting tribute to the memory of my husband who discovered his love for the theater as a student on this campus more than four decades ago.”


Reviews

Dani Heeren

Rating:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nice location. Building tends to be chilly during the winter months so dress warm!

Rod Rosburg

Rating:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Great location. Easy access

Jim Hanson

Rating:
Tuesday, Sep. 20, 2016

Plenty of off-street parking. Easy access to the meeting rooms.

Jeff Phillips

Rating:
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Handicap/wheelchair accommodation is really lousy.

S. Chevalier

Rating:
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

great concert venue - large but provides an intimate feel to the evening enjoyment. Would go there again for a concert