Andrew Farkas was a member of the Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club and is where he spent most of memorable times while an undergraduate. When Andrew was presented with the idea of renovating the structure which has existed since 1888, and breathing new life into it, he jumped at the chance. He gifted the renovated structure in appreciation of the Hasty Pudding Club, Harvard College and his father.
This building holds historical importance as it is where Franklin D. Roosevelt took Eleanor when they were young and where classmates John F. Kennedy and Alan Jay Lerner played pool all night. This is the place some of the biggest celebrities remember what it was like to be a kid. Harvard has now renovated and expanded this memorable and historical building into a vibrant learning space, rehearsal and performing area for performing arts students.
The original face of the building has been retained as well as the entryway. It now is home to the new theater that now has state of the art lighting and new sound systems. Other improvements include; a movable stage, dance studio, classrooms and offices for the arts student groups.
Andrew Farkas and his wife are responsible for the brick building, long known as the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, showcasing the organizations important role at Harvard. Through photographs, posters and plaques they have seen to it the display appears in the lobby. Through this display it will remain Hasty Pudding’s Historic Home. This building earned its original name in the late 1700s when members were required to bring a pot of grain pudding to the meetings held there.
Farkas Hall has been named in honor of Robin Farkas, Andrew’s father. He talked Andrew into choosing Harvard as his school and it provided him with the “canvas on which to reinvent himself.” Today he is the father of three, chairman and CEO of Island Capital Group, a real estate and private equity firm. His wife, Sandi is founder of the Playwrights of New York, a screenwriter and playwright.
The Farkas legacy has now been written into the story of this historical building. The performance space, Farkas Hall has seen several Farkas generations pass through its doors, including Arielle Farkas who graduated in 2013.