Roger Bacon HS Performing Arts Center

Location: Cincinnati, OH

Year: 2016

Photographer: Elevar

The Elevar team completed a renovation to the Roger Bacon High School’s existing gymnasium, converting the space into a state of the art theater and performance space, which opened as the Carol Dauwe Performing Arts Center in 2016.

Starting with a masterplan and a targeted fund-raising campaign, our team worked with the school to renovate the space while maintaining the character of the school. The new performance space showcases an original Our Lady of the Angels terrazzo emblem from the lobby of OLA, a San Damiano cross from the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Restored skylights, preservation of the original center court, and a 62-foot mural were also components in preserving the history and culture of the school. The mural contains 400 photos from yearbooks dating back to 1929 portraying students, faculty and key events in the history of Roger Bacon and its former sister school.

Originally built in 1928, the new space includes seating for over 300, with additional 200 spaces for floor seats. New lighting, sound and video systems provide expanded capabilities to support the school’s fine arts program. A multipurpose room was also included in the design. The goal of this project was to celebrate the school’s past while providing a modern venue or concerts, plays and fine arts expositions.



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