From 2005 to 2007, Farkas Hall, previously known has New College Theatre, was being renovated. The six-story complex was originally built in 1888. Despite the modern updates to the interior, the building maintains its original façade and entryway. The theater is now a vibrant rehearsal, performance and learning space for undergraduates at Harvard. The 270-seat theater contains a moveable stage and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Furthermore, there are classrooms, a dance studio and offices for student groups. The Hasty Pudding Lobby displays the club’s pivotal role at Harvard through plaques, posters and photographs.
The space has been both refreshed but preserved, “and that is wonderful,” says Andrew Farkas, who served as the Hasty Pudding Club president for two years. “This is the Hasty Pudding’s historic home.”
Andrew Farkas’ gift to the theater was in honor of his father, Robin Farkas, and to show appreciation for Harvard College and the Hasty Pudding Club. In regards to his father, Andrew said, “He has been my father, my mentor, my best friend, and my role model, and he talked me into choosing Harvard.”
Andrew Farkas currently serves as CEO of Island Capital Group and C-III Capital Partners. He is co-leading the 30th Reunion Class Gift Committee.