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Bertram and Judith Kohl Building

Kohl Jazz Studies Bldg, 77 W College St, Oberlin, OH 44074

Photo by Kevin Reeves

A building should broadcast its purpose to the world” is the philosophy behind the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building, the new home for jazz studiesmusic history, and music theory at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

The building, dedicated in a campuswide celebration on May 1, features a state-of-the-art recording studio and the largest privately held jazz recording collection in the United States. It was designed with the highest environmental building standards in mind; the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building intends to be the first music facility in the world to attain a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating, as developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new building also honors Wendell Logan, professor of African American music and chair of the jazz studies program, who died in 2010.


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