Here’s a view of the 4-story, 93,760-sq.-ft. performing arts center the University of St. Thomas plans to build on the northwest corner of its Montrose campus, on the full city block bounded by West Alabama, Yupon, Sul Ross, and Graustark. A feature article on the project in the university’s magazine describes the site provocatively as being “adjacent to the Menil Collection,” but it’s really catty-corner to the Menil block that contains the Rothko Chapel, a long block east of the Menil’s famed shielded-by-bungalows main building. In the drawing above you’re looking at the new UST center from high above the Rothko Chapel’s east lawn, toward the corner of Sul Ross and Yupon.
The university is touting the venue as “a big boost to other performing arts groups in the city” as well as its own programs. The design by Houston’s Studio Red Architects includes an 800-seat proscenium theater, a “black box” flex theater that can seat 250, a conference hall, classrooms, large rehearsal spaces, and extensive lobbies and terraces for university events. A fundraising campaign for the project began last December.
Rendering: Studio Red/UST