Following a complete interior renovation, Brinkley Hall debuted in the fall of 2017 as the home of the Viar-Christ Center of the Arts, a state-of-the-art facility for students studying music or visual arts. Viar-Christ features elegant studios, labs, and performance spaces, in addition to an outdoor classroom. It also has a completely new heating and ventilation system, acoustically treated spaces, restrooms, and an elevator. Facilities for the theater program are housed across Via Sacra in Johns Auditorium.
Generously funded by Joe Viar '63 and Bonnie Christ, the Brinkley Hall renovation was an opportunity to help preserve one of the College's most iconic buildings. "Winston Hall was the dining hall when I was there, and I've always loved the architecture of the building," he explains. Both Viar and Christ love the performing arts, so funding the Viar-Christ Center for the Arts was a natural fit.