Brenau University

John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts

Gainesville, GA

Lord Aeck Sargent's design for Brenau's performing arts center blends with existing campus architecture as evidenced by its Second Empire roofline, which echoes that of the University's signature building, Bailey Hall.

The contextually appropriate cream-colored walls and copper-clad roof highlight a wooden trellis that projects into the sculpture garden and frames the building's entryway. Large stained-glass artwork is set into the facility's entry arch, imparting color into, and providing a focal point for, the spacious lobby. The incorporation of art into the walls of the building extends the boundaries of the Center's collection to the Center's lobby and the campus beyond.

The Center provides exhibit space for items from the Leo Castelli Collection. These exhibit areas include museum-quality lighting, environmental controls appropriate for exhibiting diverse forms of artwork and security to protect valuable items in a very public building. LAS also assisted Brenau University with it feasibility study and fund-raising program for the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts.


Practice Areas

Theatres & Auditoriums
Performing & Fine Arts Education