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The Kohl Building at Oberlin: The House That Wendell Logan Built

Wendell Logan at Oberlin
Wendell Logan with students at Oberlin Conservatory
The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building at Oberlin College
The Bertram and Judith Kohl Building at Oberlin College
Interior view ofThe Bertram and Judith Kohl Building at Oberlin College
Stevie Wonder and teh Oberlin Orchestra perform for local schoolchildren

David Stull is not one you’d expect to wax poetic, but wax poetic he does about the Bertram and Judith Kohl Building. As dean of the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College, Stull was instrumental in bringing the new $24-million home for jazz, music history and theory to life.

Stull is standing on the rooftop deck of Kohl, looking down on a kind of plaza. The deck is perfect for outdoor concerts-particularly for patrons of the Sky Lounge, the sleek, minimalist gathering place on the third floor. The name evokes Lindsay’s Sky Bar, a Cleveland nightspot of the early ’50s where photographer Frank Kuchirchuk captured the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum and Anita O’Day as they passed through town. Kuchirchuk has donated his entire collection of nearly 200 jazz images to the Oberlin Conservatory.

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