Antunovich Associates, Architect; Chicago, IL Schuler Shook, Theatre Consultants; Chicago, IL
DePaul’s new facility includes a thorough renovation of the existing 1960 music building for use as administrative offices and teaching studios while the neo-colonial church, currently DePaul’s concert hall, becomes an opera house with orchestra pit and raked seating. A new 144,000 gsf music building connects the existing buildings, with a soaring atrium and 535-seat concert hall at its heart, along with a 150-seat recital hall, 80-seat lecture/recital hall, and 95-seat jazz performance/rehearsal room. The new building also includes large rehearsal rooms for orchestra, band, choir, and percussion, and numerous smaller rehearsal/practice spaces. Percussion studios, a recording suite, and a dozen classrooms round out this comprehensive facility.