SLSO announces $100 million Powell Hall expansion, renovation

The designs still will need to be authorized by the city.

ST. LOUIS — Instead of the sweet sounds of violins filling the air at Powell Corridor, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra wants to hear design. 

That’s mainly because Wednesday afternoon SLSO declared options for a 65,000-square-foot expansion and renovation. The value is estimated at much more than $100 million and it would be the first major venture at Powell Corridor due to the fact SLSO began contacting it dwelling in 1968, according to a launch. 

The project “will remodel the 1925 creating into a vibrant and accessible tunes middle for the total community,” a launch examine.

The plans do nevertheless will need metropolis approval just before development can start off. It will be reviewed at the city’s subsequent Preservation Board conference.

“This is an interesting chapter in the SLSO’s history. The job will increase each component of the audience and artist experience and will better guidance our mission as performer and educator, enriching lives by way of the electricity of music and fostering a sense of belonging for all people,” mentioned Marie-Hélène Bernard, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra president and CEO. “We will protect the background of Powell Corridor while also generating a hub for community, innovation, and powerful music activities.”

Here is what the expansion will consist of:

  • New 3,400-sq.-foot schooling and learning heart that will attribute a rehearsal location and house for training courses and functions
  • New foyer with concession parts, a coat look at and extra
  • Backstage area that will incorporate new lounges, exercise spaces and dressing rooms

Renovation programs contain:

  • Strengthening existing entrances and adding additional
  • Developing out of doors inexperienced spaces
  • Lessening the auditorium’s potential from 2,683 seats to 2,150 to develop “a much more intimate viewers knowledge” with larger sized seats and extra leg space
  • Building Powell Hall ADA-available by including handrails and 3 elevators
  • Incorporating restrooms, concessions and improving parking
  • A state-of-the-art lights method

Test out some of the renderings in the gallery down below. 

Powell Hall was created as St. Louis Theatre in 1925. In 1965, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which failed to have a everlasting property, executed there and was impressed with the acoustics. SLSO went on to acquire the theatre and renovate it, thanks in portion to a present from Helen Lamb Powell, in honor of her late husband, Walter, a release from SLSO stated. The new Powell Hall opened in 1968 and SLSO has identified as it property considering the fact that then.