Case Western Reserve University, Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The adaptive reuse of Temple Tifereth-Israel required a deft touch in order to transform the synagogue into a 1,350-seat concert hall without affecting the historic architecture. The design team created a stunning 80-foot-wide acoustic canopy that hangs above the stage and holds lights, fans, and other performance and AV equipment. So the venue could accommodate everything from full orchestras to weekly religious services, we designed a stage composed of three adjustable lifts and platforms that which can be raised or lowered to adjust the size of the performance area. We kept the infrastructure of the synagogue’s pews, but replaced the uncomfortable benches  with rows of individual fold-down concert seating. Above the hall, a seven-sided dome was adapted so its historic stained-glass windows could slide out and reveal specialty stage lighting rigs. The 145,000 square foot Maltz Center also features a 94-seat recital hall and support spaces. Phase II of the project will feature a multipurpose theatre, studio theatre, and dance rehearsal room.

Case Western Reserve University, Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
Credit: Roger Mastroianni
Owner

Temple Tifereth-Israel, Case Western Reserve University

Architect

MGA Partners | Charles Greco (1924 architect)

Acoustician

Akustiks

Users

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Case Western music department

Seat count

94, 1350

Construction type

Adaptive reuse

Theatre type

Educational, Concert hall

Services

Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2015

Venue website

case.edu/maltzcenter

Case Western Reserve University, Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center
Credit: Roger Mastroianni

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