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1412 I Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20005
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.

MTPA

 

maryland theatre for the performing arts

annapolis, maryland


Leaders of this Annapolis-based nonprofit have commissioned architectural drawings for a proposed $35M center -a 65,000SF building with a 1,000-seat auditorium. The facility could function as a theater for small Broadway tours and other entertainment, or as a conference center. The building would include multipurpose spaces that could either be used for rehearsals or banquets, meetings and seminars.

 

Opportunity

This multi-use venue is designed to serve the cultural and performing arts community in and around the city of Annapolis.  

The venue draws from the entire region, as well as Annapolis’ substantial tourist population.  Music, dance, live entertainment, cinematic presentations and local cultural and performing arts groups will be the primary uses and users of the venue, and it is anticipated that the center will also serve the community for conferences and other events. The design aesthetic reflects the exciting and vibrant community that Annapolis has evolved into.

 

Creation

This new 65,000SF venue’s main stage is a 1,000-seat chamber supported by appropriate levels of patron lobbies, rest room facilities, and concessions areas. There are also two smaller rooms designed for theatrical performances.    

Backstage, the venue is designed to accommodate numerous types of presentations and shows. In addition, M+J designed for performances by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Opera, and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland, based on extensive dialogue with each user group, and thus will be designed to incorporate the necessary variable acoustical characteristics for a resident hall. Additional types of programming include contemporary music, dance, and film.


Owner: Maryland Theatre for Performing Arts c/o Jeff Voigt

Completion: TBD

Size: 65,000SF

Cost: $35M

 
 
THIS IS AN ECONOMIC ENGINE.

THIS IS GOING TO DRIVE PEOPLE INTO THE CITY FOR MORE THAN JUST FUDGE ON MAIN STREET.

… IT’S NOT DILUTIVE; IT’S ADDITIVE.

- Jeff Voigt, President of Maryland Theatre for Performing Arts
 
 
 

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