A major change in the structure of The Pasadena Playhouse was made in 1936. For some time it had been apparent that more space was needed, not only for the ever-expanding production department, but also to accommodate the growing School of Theatre. Gilmor Brown and The Playhouse Board wanted to erect an additional building at the rear of the theatre. A previous benefactress, Mrs. Fanny Morrison, ‘anonymously’ donated $110,000 to build the tower, then increased her gift to $157,000 (valued today at $2,650,160) so an extra floor and elevator would be included. The tower of 40,000 square feet made the entire plant the largest of its kind in the world. Surely there must be another Mrs. Morrison out there somewhere! Where are you, Mrs. Morrison? Our fannies need you!
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