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1978–1982, Pietro Belluschi, with Jung/Brannen Associates. 1212 Cathedral St.
  • (Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie)

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall provided a new home for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in 1982. Belluschi worked with the Boston firm Jung/Brannen to design the boldly sculptural building set within a large plaza. The Meyerhoff was a late work for the prolific modernist, who designed several important buildings in Maryland over his long career, including the Church of the Redeemer (BC114) and College Center at Goucher College. The oval shape of the main auditorium is expressed by the brick-sheathed cylinder rising from the center of the structure. Sloping metal roofs cover the lobby area at the front of the building, and a projecting oval form houses the backstage areas. The Meyerhoff’s earth tone and brick red color palette reflects its late-1970s period, with fine wood finishes throughout the interior of the auditorium. In the 1990s, RTKL Associates renovated the acoustics systems.

Writing Credits

Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie



  • 1978


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Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie, "JOSEPH MEYERHOFF SYMPHONY HALL", [Baltimore, Maryland], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Maryland, Lisa Pfueller Davidson and Catherine C. Lavoie. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2022, 208-209.

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