Mark C. Steinberg Hall, completed in 1960, was the first commission of Fumihiko Maki, then an architecture professor at Washington University. Formerly home to the Gallery of Art, the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, and the Kenneth and Nancy Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, Steinberg Hall was renovated and reopened in fall 2007. Currently, Steinberg Hall houses spaces for both Art and Architecture students, Etta's Café, and the Etta Eiseman Steinberg Auditorium.
Adjacent to the auditorium and foyer, the newly designed Steinberg Hall Gallery provides a dynamic and flexible space. A wall consisting of several movable glass panels can be opened up to the auditorium's foyer, expanding the space for large gatherings. During the past several months, the gallery has served as a primary exhibition and review space for Architecture and hosted numerous Art student exhibitions. The gallery space has played a critical role in the School's ability to host large events—in March 2011, it was arranged as a simultaneous telecast location for an overflow audience of 100 who attended a lecture by internationally known South African artist William Kentridge. For this event, an array of audio/visual equipment, including two large projection screens, was temporarily installed. Professor emeritus Peter Marcus' large-scale prints were installed and featured as part of the opening celebration of the 2011 SGC International Conference—an annual conference of more than 1,300 printmakers from around the world. The space also hosted an exhibition of work by 2011 graduates from the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.