Cultural Arts Center

columbus, ohio

1979

 
 
 The renovation of this Columbus landmark, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, called for innovative reuse and restructuring of large open spaces. Grouping activities according to similarity of function and noise levels achieved the necessary definition of space without sacrificing the building’s spaciousness and flexibility.  The main floor now houses the theatrical arts program, exhibit area, museum, and staff offices.  The meeting area doubles as seating for theatrical performances.

The renovation of this Columbus landmark, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, called for innovative reuse and restructuring of large open spaces. Grouping activities according to similarity of function and noise levels achieved the necessary definition of space without sacrificing the building’s spaciousness and flexibility.  The main floor now houses the theatrical arts program, exhibit area, museum, and staff offices.  The meeting area doubles as seating for theatrical performances.

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 The adjacent shed, once used as a stable, is serviced by a new elevator designed for loading from two sides. Plentiful new skylights and a large opening to the Riverfront Park create an airy concourse for woodworking, jewelry, enameling, sculpture, ceramics and pottery.  A sand casting pit and kiln add to the program offerings.

The adjacent shed, once used as a stable, is serviced by a new elevator designed for loading from two sides. Plentiful new skylights and a large opening to the Riverfront Park create an airy concourse for woodworking, jewelry, enameling, sculpture, ceramics and pottery.  A sand casting pit and kiln add to the program offerings.

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 This transformation of an old Civil War arsenal into a new Cultural Arts Center demonstrates the potential for adaptive use of existing structures.  Not only has a significant historic building been preserved, but a striking and functional new center has been created for the city’s expanding cultural arts programs.

This transformation of an old Civil War arsenal into a new Cultural Arts Center demonstrates the potential for adaptive use of existing structures.  Not only has a significant historic building been preserved, but a striking and functional new center has been created for the city’s expanding cultural arts programs.

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