REXBURG — Demolition on Brigham Young University-Idaho’s former Kirkham building continues this week.
The building is being torn down to make way for planned landscaping, a new BYU-Idaho sign and additional parking. In addition, the ceramics labs and auditorium that was located inside the Kirkham are going to be relocated to different areas on campus.
The Kirkham building was named after Oscar A. Kirkham. He was a music teacher at Ricks college and later went on to become a President of the Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He taught music at Ricks from 1903-1906, according to a BYU-I website.
The building that holds his name has served countless students and held several events and live productions. Eleanor Roosevelt spoke there on March 2, 1959, and the building’s first production was the Shakespeare play “Much Ado About Nothing,” according to the BYU-I website.
When the Teton Dam collapsed in 1976, the Kirkham building was a place where officials could distribute relief materials including clothing and it was also where they housed beds for those who needed them, according to the BYU-Idaho website.
The building has seen many students slave away under its roof to perfect their art, theater, and higher education goals.