Queen's University

Isabel Bader Centre


[Isabel and Alfred Bader]

The total estimated cost of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is $63 million.

Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader have given a transformational gift to assist in the development of this project. The gift honours Isabel Bader and her love of music and theatre.

The Baders have a history of significant contributions to academic excellence at Queen's, through research chairs in Art History and Chemistry, as well as through fellowships, scholarships, prizes and bursaries in many disciplines.

Their gifts of Old Masters paintings to the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre - including two paintings by 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt - have made the Queen's collection the finest university collection in Canada.

In 1993, in an attempt to help expand Queen's international outreach, the Baders generously purchased and gave to Queen's University a 15th-century English castle. Herstmonceux Castle has been carefully restored and is now home to the Bader International Study Centre.

The new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is a brilliant synergy of location, institution and generosity: Lake Ontario meets St. Lawrence River meets philanthropists Alfred and Isabel Bader meet internationally renowned architect Craig Dykers. From here, Queen's University can truly become a beacon of fine-arts education and THE cultural centre for eastern Ontario.

Eric Friesen