“ . . . lovely restoration . . . they have enhanced the original building, making it functional for this century . . . lighting has been restored and preserved . . . ”
As part of a larger campus initiative for the performing arts, the goal of the project was to transform Baldwin Auditorium from its previous “decrepit” state into a more intimate, state-of-the-art, acoustically superior facility for music that will be utilized by the Duke community and the surrounding Durham community. Constructed in 1927, the auditorium sits as the focal point of the university’s East Campus Quad. The main point of the renovation was to dramatically improve sound for acoustic, unamplified and amplified performances. Therefore, key to the auditorium’s renovation was the integration of architecture, acoustics and audio. The challenge in the transformation was to work with the historic architecture of a room that was not proportioned to provide the proper acoustics and sightlines while still retaining its historic features and character. The successful renovation retains the building’s historic character while transforming it into a contemporary performance venue.
Pfeiffer Partners Architects; RMF Engineering, Inc.; Gardner & McDaniel PA; Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Inc.; John R. McAdams Company; Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc.; Surface 678; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Construction Specifications Inc.; Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.; Steve Winter Associates, Inc.