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Kehrein Center for the Arts

Catalyst Circle Rock

Address

5628 W. Washington Blvd.

Neighborhood

Austin

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 1pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect/Year

Belli & Belli, 1954; renovation: Eckenhoff Saunders, 2018

Renovation

Eckenhoff Saunders, 2018

Description

Constructed in 1954, this long-shuttered auditorium is a great representation of the Modernist 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 the Catalyst Circle Rock charter school 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 multiuse performance space, including theatrical lighting, audio visual systems and acoustical panels to improve the projection of sound. The two-story lobby with hanging catwalk offers an equally dramatic pre-function space.

Visitor Experience

Staff will be available to answer questions. A history of the building and additional information will be available in the lobby.