Maltz Performing Arts Center, Cleveland Building Renovation, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio Architecture

Maltz Performing Arts Center, Case Western Reserve University

July 30, 2020

Maltz Performing Arts Center

Architects: MGA Partners

Locations: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Maltz Performing Arts Center

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

Located in Wade Oval, among Cleveland’s most respected cultural institutions, a nationally registered historic synagogue, the Temple-Tifereth Israel, is repurposed as a new multi-disciplinary performing arts center for Case Western Reserve University. The 1,100-seat venue is the largest gathering space on campus and is used for a variety of ensembles, festivals and lectures.

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

Through ingenuity, collaboration, and respect for the historic 92-year-old building, the design team successfully resurrected a beloved but often unused facility into a nexus of culture, education, and student life.

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

The project required a significant preservation component to uncover the beauty of many historic details, including the stained glass clerestory, the Guastavino tiled vaulted dome, marble corridors, and wood pews, as well as the limestone facade.

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

A consistent language of craft is found in the synagogue, celebrating the tradition of building and of those who built it almost a century ago. The new insertions, primarily the glass and steel canopy, are conceived to complement this character with thin structural ribs and the transparency of the glass.

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

This carefully detailed, custom fabrication provides continuous views through to the original vaulted dome, while perfecting the necessary acoustics for performance. These new elements are crafted to be complementary and resonate with the historic character.

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

Maltz Performing Arts Center, Cleveland – Building Information

Architect and Builder: MGA Partners

Project size: 45000 ft2
Site size: 45000 ft2
Completion date: 2016
Building levels: 4

Awards:
Honor Award
US Institute for Theater Technology

Honor Award for Design Excellence
AIA Pennsylvania

Divine Detail Honor Award
Honor Award for Design Excellence
AIA Philadelphia

Preservation Achievement Award
AIA Cleveland & Cleveland Restoration Society

Philament Award for Lighting Design Excellence
IES Philadelphia

Maltz Performing Arts Center Cleveland Ohio

Photos: Halkin | Mason Photography

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