Explore the Mahoning Valley: Stambaugh Auditorium walkabout – Youngstown, Ohio

All images by Ron Flaviano for Metro Monthly and “Homeplate.” © 2012 Metro Monthly and Homplate Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Stambaugh was philanthropist’s gift to Youngstown

The Henry H. Stambaugh Memorial Auditorium opened on Dec. 6, 1926 with a Monday Musical Club program featuring American humorist Will Rogers.

Stambaugh Auditorium was created through a gift from the estate of Youngstown industrialist Henry H. Stambaugh who died in 1919 at age 60.

Harvey Wiley Corbett of the New York-based architectural firm of Hemle and Corbett designed the 2,554-seat auditorium in the classical style. The structure cost approximately $1.8 million.

Henry H. Stambaugh was born on Nov. 24, 1858 in Brier Hill and was the son of John and Caroline Hamilton Stambaugh of Youngstown. He was a founder of the Brier Hill Steel Co. and served for 12 years as director of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. In addition, Stambaugh held directorships at a number of local banks.

“Stambaugh understood his philanthropic responsibilities and carried them out,” said Bill Lawson, director of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. He added that Stambaugh was friends with another noteworthy local philanthropist, Joseph Butler Jr., the founder of the Butler Institute of American Art.

 – Mark C. Peyko, Metro Monthly Editor

VIDEO: Inside Stambaugh Auditorium

Sophia Brooks, host of “Expressions” on “Homeplate,” takes viewers on a tour of  Stambaugh Auditorium, the landmark performance venue in Youngstown, Ohio. The segment was originally broadcast during season two of “Homeplate.” It was uploaded on YouTube on May 22, 2011.

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