Renovation of the historic Carpenter Theatre

Building Design & Construction Magazine Bronze Reconstruction Award
Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine Award of Merit—Renovation/Reconstruction

The cornerstone of the Richmond’s downtown redevelopment, this project involved the restoration and expansion of the circa-1928 Carpenter Theatre. Improvements to the 1,760-seat venue included a new stage and a complete renovation of the mechanical/electrical systems. Venues within the 179,000-square-foot project also include the Gottwald Playhouse, a 200-seat black-box theater, the Genworth BrightLights Educational Center, and Rhythm Hall, a multipurpose performance space. Additional square footage for the expansion was obtained by annexing an adjacent historic building, the former home of Thalhimers Department Store. The project includes offices for the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation. The design team included Wilson Butler Architects, Glave & Holmes, and BAM Architects.

Richmond CenterStage
Richmond, Virginia