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1001 G Street Northwest 250W
Washington, DC, 20001
United States

(202) 333-4480

With a professional working relationship spanning three decades, Gary F Martinez FAIA and Thomas E Johnson FAIA founded Martinez+Johnson Architecture in 1994 to bring their design sensitivities to institutional and cultural projects in urban locations. The 25-architect firm has since established an expertise in three main architectural areas – the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures, institutional buildings in urban areas and community settings, and the design and planning of performing arts venues.

Known for a thoughtful design approach to public facilities, M+J develops an intimate understanding of the needs of users, patrons, and operators destined to inhabit the projects of the firm. M+J looks to the future in their design aesthetic even when the context may be firmly rooted in the past and executes creative solutions to facilities both new and historic, where flexibility, ease of operation, and high but versatile performance characteristics are requisite. Venues express aspirational values and goals of the communities within which they are located, and at the same time conform to issues of economic value at the highest levels of environmental sustainability.

Mahaffey Theatre


Mahaffey Theatre

St Petersburg, Florida

First opened in the 1960s as part of the Bayfront Center entertainment Complex, the Mahaffey Theatre has hosted sensational national and international artistic performances throughout its 50 years. Located in the vibrant downtown of St. Petersburg, Florida, the venue is part of the cultural fabric of the city, operating alongside such institutions as the Dali Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.



The c1965, 2,300-seat Mahaffey Theatre at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts had previously received a multi-million dollar front-of-house lobby renovation in 2002-2004. In order to accommodate a new program of touring Broadway and expanded symphonic performances, Martinez+Johnson Architecture was engaged to create a phased program of expansion and rehabilitation of back-of-house areas and systems to meet these demands.



M+J’s scope of work first focused on the back-of-house support areas, an expansion of the loading and off-stage storage spaces, and the dressing facilities. Additionally, the work is intended to facilitate theatre operations and the patron experience with an implementation schedule phased to accommodate symphonic and touring Broadway performances without closing the hall. In addition to back-of-house, efforts include improvements to the lighting and rigging systems, modifications to the extant orchestra shell and its storage location, alterations to audio control centers in the audience chamber, and additions to the seating capacity in the side boxes.

Owner: Downtown Enterprise Facilities Department c/o Beth Herendeen, Assistant Director

Study Completion: 2006

Size: 85,000SF

Cost: est $10M