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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.

Peabody Opera House

 

Peabody opera house

st louis, missouri


This venue is considered to be an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1932 as part of the Municipal Auditorium Complex. Despite being significant as both a performing arts venue and for community development, it sat unused for nearly two decades before finally undergoing a full modernization.

 

Opportunity

The overall goal of the adaptive reuse was to return the building to an active venue for touring Broadway theatre and other live entertainment, as well as to serve as an active community center for the city of St. Louis.

 

Creation

The first and most important project was the renovation of the actual Opera House itself.  Stage technical requirements were reviewed and updated. The back-of-house support spaces required a full renovation, and the front-of-house public facilities were increased. Two of the small side theatres, those on the east side, were returned to their original use as small performance and entertainment spaces.  

At the Exhibition and Ground Levels, approximately 25,800SF was designated as office space. The space includes common areas and conferencing space, as well as about 8,000SF of community arts space, storage space for the adjacent Savvis Center; and the fully renovated Kiel Club Restaurant, including a modernized kitchen. 

The historic interiors were all restored following the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. All public facilities, accessibility and fire-life safety requirements were reviewed and updated as necessary to meet all relevant building codes.  Similarly, all building systems and the structural integrity of the building were analyzed and modified as needed.

Lastly the renovation also included the cleaning and repair of the exterior surfaces.  All entrances were restored, accessibility was addressed, and the loading area was completely reconfigured.


Owner: scp worldwide c/o david kershner

Completion: 2011

Size: 300,000SF

Cost: $71M

AWARDS: 2012 St Louis CNR (Construction News and Review) – Regional Excellence Award

2012 General Contractors Construction Keystone Awards Winner – Project of the Year

 
 
IT’S A SEATED THEATER ENVIRONMENT DESIGNED FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT EVENTS.

THE PEABODY STILL RESONATES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. THE SIGHT LINES, THE GREAT SOUND, ALL OF THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE.

- John Urban, Executive Vice President of Events, Peabody Opera House
 
 
 

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