Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts – UW-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Converting a former synagogue’s worship space into a recital hall and dance performance space required demolition of the existing altar platform, constructing a new accessible orchestra pit and
stage, widening the proscenium, and installing new lighting systems. The acoustical characteristics of the hall were improved with sound-absorbing panels strategically installed in the ceiling, stage walls, and balcony of the domed auditorium. The introduction of laminated glass in front of the original historic windows also helped preserve the aesthetics while adding acoustic benefit. A new reinforced structure accommodates alternate lighting catwalks suspended from the dome area. The hall also benefits from a new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Support spaces for dressing rooms. Wardrobe and back-of-house crossover pathways were created in the lower level.

Completed in 2002.