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Kehrein Center for the Arts

Catalyst Circle Rock

Address

5618 W. Washington Blvd.

Neighborhood

Austin

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Belli & Belli, 1954

Renovation

Eckenhoff Saunders, 2018

Description

Constructed in 1954, this long-shuttered auditorium is a great representation of Mid-Century Modern style. It features poured-in-place concrete with curving walls and spaces that interlock with the library and courtyard of the attached school. The school opened at the turn of the 20th Century as St. Catherine’s Academy and later became Siena High School. It shuttered in 1977 and remained vacant until 2008, when a charter school, Catalyst Circle Rock, began renovating the classrooms. The complex is also home to a church and Circle Rock Ministries. Now, a $5 million renovation of the Belli & Belli-designed auditorium is complete. The restored space seats 850 people and has all the components necessary to function as a multi-use performance space, including theatrical lighting, audio visual systems and acoustical panels to improve the projection of sound. The two-store lobby with hanging catwalk offers an equally dramatic prefunction space.

Visitor Experience

Either explore this striking space on your own, or take a guided tour to hear more about the renovation just completed.

More Info

Part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre trail.

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre