Between college and town lies a 13-acre, wooded green space called Tappan Square. Among the square’s assorted trees is Clark Bandstand, named for benefactor Arthur Clark. Erected in 1987 and designed by Oberlin alumnus Julian Smith ’69, the pavilion’s architecture evokes the image of a carnival cart from India. His design was one of 50 finalists and 149 submissions chosen unanimously by a nine-member committee.
The bandstand represents the relative simplicity and modesty of the college and town, and serves as a gathering place for picnics, bonfires, concerts, and festivals of all kinds. Most performances are free, particularly in the summer.