Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Freeborn Hall, UC Davis, 104 Freeborn Hall, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA

Capacity 1800
The architect was Confer and Anderson. Construction of the building was completed in 1961.(1)Opening with a performance by the San Francisco Symphony, Freeborn Hall offered the first performance venue to the campus and remained the campus’ main venue for large groups and performances until the Mondavi Center opened its doors in 2002.(4)
Freeborn Hall is the most versatile venue on the UC Davis campus. It provides a variety of service and a pleasant atmosphere for a myriad of events.(1)
It is part of the Memorial Union complex.Freeborn Hall, formerly known as Memorial Union Assembly Hall, was UC Davis' primary large event venue until the construction of the Mondavi Center. It was named for Stanley B. Freeborn.
In 1926, Prof. Stanley B. Freeborn publishes the first guide to the biology and identification of California mosquitoes. (4)
In honor of his research of malarial mosquitoes, Freeborn has a species of the insect named after him (Anopheles freeborni). (3)
The Mosquitoes of California
First edition. Large octavo. Printed gray wrappers. Paginated 334-460. Modest chips to the yapped edges and the spine, else a very good copy. Inscribed by the author, a chip has removed a few letters of one word: "With the kindest rega[rds] of the writer."
Stanley Barron Freeborn served as the first Chancellor of University of California, Davis between 1958 and June 1959. Prior to being the first Chancellor of UC Davis, Freeborn was the Dean of the College of Agriculture at UC Berkeley.[1] Following his death in 1962, UC Davis renamed its assembly hall to Freeborn Hall in his honor.[2]

Jerry performed here on:
1/6/67 Grateful Dead(3)
1/21/71 New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Grateful Dead(3)
8/30/74 Merl Saunders
8/7/81 Jerry Garcia Band(2)


1 comment:

  1. Davis is most of the way to Sacramento from Oakland, and Oakland to Sacramento was the Southern Pacific Railway Mainline. When Southern Pacific developed a line to Portland, OR, the North/South cutoff was at a place called Davisville, the location of the future Davis, CA.

    Since Southern Pacific was heavily invested in creating and encouraging new agricultural markets, the railroad essentially donated land at the Davisville cutoff for the University of California Agriculture Department. From 1909 onwards, the University of California Farm was at Davisville. The Berkeley professors had an easy rail ride to Davis, and in turn the trains could go up and down the main lines promoting new crops.

    In 1959, the University of California decided to add a new campus, and they chose to expand the Farm at Davis. Although UC Davis was "new" in 1959, in fact it had been part of the UC family for fifty years.