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Vassallo: Fulton Chapel Full of Memories

photo by Callie Daniels, taken October 2014
photo by Callie Daniels, taken October 2014

Some of my fondest memories from student life at Ole Miss involved Fulton Chapel.

This innocent setback building has always had a prominent role in university events. Named for former Chancellor Robert Burwell Fulton (1892-1906) the primary use of Fulton was one of an assembly hall and center for the performing arts. Completed in 1927 Fulton Chapel is quickly reaching its centennial anniversary. The facility’s architecture is classic revival. It now functions as a 650 seat proscenium theatre as the stage-rigging system was completely renovated in 2012.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Theatre
Courtesy of Ole Miss Theatre

One of the future productions being advertised currently is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which will be showcased from April 21-24, 2016.

Few remember that the basement of Fulton was the ROTC rifle range until 1960. This was not uncommon for buildings such as Fulton to be utilized in this regard throughout the South in years past. A restaurant that I previously frequented in Printer’s Alley in Nashville also doubled as a firing range once upon a time. Most all undergraduate students have experienced one or many events in Fulton Chapel whether it had to do with orientation or something equally significant.

Photo by Nathan Latil, courtesy of UM Communications
Photo by Nathan Latil, courtesy of UM Communications

Fulton will never enjoy the celebrity status of The Lyceum, Ventress, Guyton Hall or many others, but once entering the magnificence of this structure, the memories will remain for a lifetime. At least they have in my perspective!

I owe special thanks to the University of Mississippi for providing the historical information.


Steve Vassallo

Steve Vassallo is a HottyToddy.com contributor. Steve writes on Ole Miss athletics, Oxford business, politics and other subjects. He is an Ole Miss grad and former radio announcer for the basketball team. Currently, Steve is a highly successful leader in the real estate business who lives in Oxford with his wife Rosie. You can contact Steve at sovassallo@gmail.com or call him at 985-852-7745.

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