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One of the most recognizable facades on an ever-evolving campus, the fabled Barn at Roger Williams University has played host to thousands of performing artists and patrons over the past 25 years.

First raised in Glocester, R.I., in 1894, the Barn was given a new lease on life in 1981 when a group of historic preservation students and faculty rescued the deteriorating structure. Piece by piece, the Barn arrived on campus in 1983, ready for its revival. Nearly a century after it was first built, the Barn doors opened once again – this time as the RWU Performing Arts Center – to a new generation of theatre, dance and music students.