Buildings @ Oakland University


Baldwin Pavilion

The Baldwin Pavilion

Quick Facts


The Howard C. Baldwin Pavilion was crafted as the venue for what would become one of the most popular outdoor concert series in the country: The Meadow Brook Music Festival.  It was constructed near the bottom of a wooded ravine at the suggestion of Festival Committee Honorary Chairman Matilda Wilson, who lent her support and property to the project. Named in memory of Kresge Foundation former trustee and board member Howard C. Baldwin, whose Foundation funded the pavilion's construction, the Baldwin Pavilion was designed by Christopher Jaffe.  The engineering of Jaffe's design allowed for the shell to be pre-tuned and adjusted to accommodate the acoustics of any onstage performance. The Baldwin Pavilion was constructed in a mere five month's time and was reviewed as possessing the finest quality acoustical setup of any outdoor sound system in the country.

Fore more information, visit The Meadow Brook Music Festival.


Meadow Brook Music Festival before opening first seasonJaffe's fiberglass shell during construction

Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.