Severance Hall
Description
Severance Hall, designed by Walker and Weeks, is a neo-classical building of Ohio sandstone and Indiana limestone, completed in 1931 to house the Cleveland Orchestra. The building interiors are an eclectic combination of many styles (Art Deco, Classicism, and Egyptian Revival). The architectural significance of the Hall has been recognized by local and national preservation societies, including the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places. David M. Schwarz / Architectural Services oversaw the restoration of 42,000 square feet of interiors and the creation of a 39,000 square foot building addition. Central to this was the renovation and relocation of the existing, historic Skinner concert organ, and the design of a new concert shell. DMSAS also expanded and improved, back-stage, administrative, storage and communication technologies facilities with an addition, at the rear of Severance Hall. The design of the new addition is sensitive to, and compatible with, as well as a nearly seamless expansion of the existing Hall, thus preserving the spirit of the original historic design. The restoration project also included an enhanced entrance experience, ceremonially building up to the beauty and drama of the main foyer. An improved public circulation path connects a variety of public spaces including a new restaurant, aptly named ‘Severance’, a gift shop and function rooms. #Arts #Cleveland #Concert #David #Hall #OH #Ohio #Performing #Restoration #Schwarz
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