Drury Grosvenor Center for the Arts
Newport, Rhode Island

Economy and sustainability were bywords for this adaptive reuse project for an independent school serving grades 9 through 12. The design team converted an existing gymnasium building with an attached stage into a 425-seat theater for drama and music. The stagehouse was left intact and outfitted with new rigging and lighting. The existing stage floor was reused, but lowered several feet to work with sightlines from the new two-level auditorium created within the existing gym. A two-story addition provides fine art studios, music education spaces, and support for the theater. Gene Leitermann was project manager while he was with Theatre Projects Consultants.

Institution
St. George's School

Architect
Sasaki Associates

Acoustician
Acoustic Dimensions (now Acoustic Distinctions)

Construction Manager
Dimeo Construction Company

Construction Type
Adaptive reuse
New construction

Square Feet
35,000

Cost
$6.5 million

Completion
1999

Users
Music Program
Theater, Speech & Dance Program
Visual Arts Program

Spaces
425-seat multipurpose theater

Photo: © David Kahn/Acoustic Distinctions