Jamelle (& the others that I see also have similar memories....),
OMG….I know the places you are talking about! I think it’s pretty cool when someone else is familiar with the area in which I grew up.
I remember going up to
I think my choice would have to be the Romeoville assembly hall in . The words I think of when I think of that building are grey, grey and more grey. It was a boring box - no character - nothing to look at inside - the roof was so high there was no way to easily count ceiling tiles while pretending to listen to the talks. Now when a gal can't even count ceiling tiles to keep herself sane, that's pretty sad!
And then there is …..I used to have a copy of the building plans from my Dad. He was so proud of that building and that he was privy to such information. When I moved back to the state in 1994 we went to that Assembly Hall a few times, but then my ex-husband & I faded out soon after that. I just remember spending most of my time out in the area where they served lunch, since I had an active toddler who did not handle sitting very long very well. I would get “that look” from the attendants….you know, the “please teach your child to sit down and leave this area” look.
My favorite assembly hall's name is lost to me. I attended there as a young child - probably over 18 years ago. It was somewhere in and it was a beautiful old theatre - probably turn of the century (the last one).
If I am thinking of the same Assembly Hall, it was on . It was a beautiful old threatre. That’s where I was baptized….in that little Jacuzzi-like pool they had downstairs. I remember working in the kitchen when they still served the hot meals…that was fun, I thought…mainly because of not getting to leave the session to work. My dad was head of the accounts department at those assemblies, and my friend and I would either help him or just hang out there…the auditing department was hidden up in the loft areas upstairs and to the right of the stage area. We would sometimes sit out on the fire escape and just watch things outside. We got to park in a reserved section, because of Dad, so we didn’t have to walk as far as most folks. It wasn’t a good neighborhood, though. Especially scary to we folks from down in rural central . We were told not to leave the Assembly Hall at all. My friends and I would hang out in the entry lobby and just watch the neighborhood. But, one day, a couple of teenage brothers that we knew decided to walk to the little drug store on the corner for some gum or something and were mugged. I did like that Assembly Hall, though….it had some character. Does anyone else remember this Assembly Hall and where exactly it was located? I just can’t remember where on is was located.