Youngker Hall became a stunning addition to Armstrong Hall in 2002, receiving an honor award for excellence in architecture in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region. In addition to the Berry Lobby and Grand Lobby, it contains the 265-seat Kimmel Theatre with professional quality sound and lighting systems and state-of-the-art acoustics, technology, and flexibility.
As a teaching facility it utilizes much of the most current technology in theater production. With tools such as computerized automated lighting, color mixing scrollers, LED projection and a state of the art sound system with wireless body mics, students gain valuable experience for the marketplace or graduate school.
Charles Youngker (Class of 1942), Virginia Bolton Youngker (Class of 1943), and Madelyn Rydeen Youngker (Class of 1941) provided funding in honor of Charles' father, Ben F. Youngker Sr. The theater was the gift of the Richard P. Kimmel (Class of 1919) and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation.