Maltz Center for the Performing Arts

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 venue is the largest gathering space on campus and is being used for a variety of ensembles, festivals, and lectures.

Through ingenuity, collaboration, and respect for the historic preservation of the 95-year-old building—the only seven-sided synagogue in the country—the design team successfully, resurrected a beloved but often unused facility into a nexus of culture, education, student life, and faith. 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, original Akoustolith tiles, and wood pews, as well as the limestone facade.

The Sanctuary was restored and converted into a Concert Hall by carefully integrating new acoustical insertions into the historically significant space that tune the large volume for varying performance ensembles. The insertions are adjustable, allowing the Hall to continue to be used as an occasional place of worship by the congregation. The most prominent addition, a 66,000 pound glass and metal canopy, becomes the signature identity of the new performance venue. Additional insertions include a 1900sf stage, piano lift and platforms, a technical gallery, and acoustic side panels.

Country/Region Ohio, United States

Designer MGA Partners (US)

Project Collaborators
Lead Designer: Dan Kelley
Acoustician: Paul Scarbrough
Project Director: Katie Broh
Project Partner: Amy Stein
Project Architect: Matthew Karp
Project Architect: Andrew Ferrarelli
Engineer: Halim Saab
Theatre Consultant: Scott Crossfield
Lighting Designer: Al Borden
Lighting Designer: Emad Hasan

Video Collaborators
Videographer: Giuseppe Scarabello
Director: Christine Marsal

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