The University of Saint Francis finalized its purchase of the former Scottish Rite Center on January 25, 2012. The landmark historic building at 431 W. Berry St., renamed the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, now forms the hub of the university’s downtown campus.
In purchasing the structure, USF not only has preserved a piece of Fort Wayne history but also has undertaken a creative reuse of the building as a home for its Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) program. The goal is to establish a media production complex to educate students in the arts disciplines and create profitable business enterprises. The META program will be conducted in a hands-on, media team-driven, entrepreneurial manner.
The university intends that the multimedia center will be the main facility for a number of its existing programs and a home for new ones. Well suited for multiple uses, the center also will serve as a performance hall for USF productions and convocations. In addition, the facility will provide a venue for the community, with space for public conferences, productions, concerts and professional meetings.