George J Howe Red Barn, Patio and West Plaza

  • Auditorium and Patio
  • Moveable furniture
  • Technology is an added cost, see website for details

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Crowd outside of the Red Barn



The Red Barn was established in 1969 by a small group of UofL students and several UofL administrators, including President Woodrow F. Strickler. It was formerly a part of the Caldwell Tank Company and is one of the buildings on Belknap Campus which is on the National Register of Historic Places. From its humble beginnings, the Red Barn was renovated in 1978 and has become a multi-purpose facility serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. The Red Barn celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2004. In 2008 the Red Barn was named for George J Howe.

The Red Barn provides services and programs of a diverse nature, including concerts, movies, cookouts, meetings, and various other social and administrative events. In the 2003-04 school year, the Red Barn Programs Office hosted 696 events. The Programs Office also administers three endowed programs to benefit UofL students: the Harold Adams Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Red Barn Alumni Association (RBAA) Florence M. Strickler Endowment, and the Torchbearer Endowment and Program. These three endowed programs have provided 670 scholarships to UofL students since 1988.

The facility is available for use by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other interested parties. Red Barn on line Reservation Form. For more information about the facility, or to inquire about its availability to host an event, please contact the Student Activities Office at 852-6691.

The Red Barn reserves the right to reject any request for programming that it deems as offensive, immoral, obscene or is not in keeping with the university's guidelines and policies or serves no constructive purpose in meeting the academic and learning needs of our students.

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Each year the Division of Student Affairs provides need-based scholarships to assist with student academic pursuits. These three endowed programs to date have provided over $97,000 to UofL students since 1988. These awards are a tribute to three individuals who gave tirelessly to make the University of Louisville a better place: Mrs. Florence M. Strickler, Dr. Harold Adams, and Dr. Dennis C. Golden.

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