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Clifton and Dolores Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

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1982, Caudill, Rowlett and Scott with Harley, Ellington, Pierce, Yee Associates; 2008–2009 expansion and renovation, TMP Associates. Bogue St. between E. Shaw Ln. and Wilson Rd.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

The monumentality and the precise unadorned outlines of this asymmetrical performance center include a 2,500-seat Great Hall and some dramatically dynamic internal spaces. The exterior landscaping features a large nonobjective sculpture, Orpheus, by Melvin Leiserowitz. In 1986 the center's landscaping and beautification were honored with a National Landscape Award from the American Association of Nurserymen. The four-story addition expands offices and performer preparation spaces.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Clifton and Dolores Wharton Center for the Performing Arts", [East Lansing, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 298-298.

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