The design and construction of any building, especially one of this type, is a very difficult process. It requires the combined effort of the owner, design team and construction team to produce a truly successful project. By all standards the Schuster Performing Arts Center is a tremendous success and a Show Piece for downtown Dayton!
The Schuster Performing Arts Center occupies a full block in the very center of Dayton. The complex is made up of three major components: the Mead Theatre, the Winter Garden, and an 18-story office/residential tower with below grade parking. The complex, located opposite the Victoria Theatre and the Loft Theatre, is the centerpiece of Dayton’s arts district.
The Mead Theatre is a 2,300-seat, multi-purpose hall. It is accompanied by the 150-seat Mathile Theatre, which is used for rehearsals, small-scale performances and special events. The permanent home of the Dayton Philharmonic, the Mead Theatre also accommodates the Victoria Theatre Association and the Dayton Opera. A celestial dome lit with fiber optic “stars” replicates the sky on December 16, 1903, the eve of the first powered flight of Dayton natives the Wright Brothers.
The Winter Garden, a glazed public atrium, is the focal point of the complex. It serves as a lobby for the theater and as a forecourt for a restaurant and ticket office. Set well back from the intersection of Main and West Second Streets, it creates a generous public plaza and prominent entrance.