Blairstown, New Jersey
Area: 42,000 sq. ft.
Blair Academy http://www.blair.edu/, a private school located in Northwest New Jersey, asked HQW Architects to design a performing arts center that would help solidify their position as one of the premier educational institutions in the tri-state area. In response, HQW created a “Center for the Arts” on the 435-acre campus. The facility houses both the performing and visual arts, with its centerpiece being a state-of-the-art 500-seat, multi-use theater. Surrounding and supporting the main theater is an experimental “black box” theater, a choral room, dance studios, individual musical practice rooms, visual arts studios, and theater support spaces. The theater was included in the book “Halls for Music Performance: Another two decades of Experience 1982-2002” published by the Acoustical Society of America to recognize outstanding performance spaces throughout the world.