Kennedy Center Opera House Renovation

Washington, D.C.
Kennedy Center
Quinn Evans Architects
Additional collaborations with Quinn Evans Architects:
80,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 

The renovation of Kennedy Center's Opera House included improved handicapped accessibility on all levels of the theater, upgrading the sound system, improving the lighting and environmental controls, replacing the orchestra-level floor, and adding an additional house elevator serving all lobby levels. All work was coordinated and completed while the Kennedy Center remained operational.

The Opera House renovation also required replacing wall covering and fixed theater seating, as well as the addition of new architectural millwork. The red wall covering and red carpet is custom designed specifically for the Opera House. The most detailed renovation work was the refurbishment of all the crystal chandeliers. After being removed and taken to an offsite location, crystal pieces from existing chandeliers were used to create new fixtures. Bronze hemispheres attached to the original wall covering were removed, refinished and reinstalled.

Clark also modernized four existing elevators that serve the Opera House. The project team added fire suppression systems, fire alarms, smoke detectors and additional lighting to each elevator machine room. New interior finishes, complementing those in the Opera House, also were installed.