LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building

Baton Rouge, LA

The renovation to the historic LSU Music & Dramatic Arts building restores and enhances the distinctive art deco elements of the original 400-seat proscenium theatre and main lobby.

Louisiana State University built the original Music & Dramatic Arts Facility in 1932. This large Italian Renaissance building is recognized in the State Register of Historic Places, but lacked the modern amenities necessary to properly support the college’s music and theater programs. In addition, the basic common areas were substandard in function and safety. The design team managed the programming for the entire renovation. The performance spaces needed a significant overhaul, however the academic and support spaces were the largest challenge. The facility needed new classrooms, faculty offices, research rooms, libraries and storage. The final design brought new clarity to the circulation and visual balance to a discordant series of prior additions and related buildings. The new design overhauls an obsolete building infrastructure while working within the boundaries of a very restricted site and budget. This project was in association with Tipton Associates.