Our New Home

Department of Dramatic Arts




Our New Home

The future of Niagara starts now with a Home for the Arts
A new facility is being built by the City of St. Catharines and Brock University to serve all of Niagara. This partnership will soon begin construction and open a major arts centre in downtown St. Catharines .  Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) will move to the adjacent site of the former Canada Hair Cloth factory.
The project is set to revitalize the urban growth centre of Niagara, add a major new cultural attractor to our region and serve artists, students and audience members from across the peninsula. The specialized, purpose-built and professionally managed facility will present, promote and develop the arts in Niagara.  For the most up-to-date information about this exciting project see www.buildingtheartsdowntown.ca
Also see these recent site tour pictures: Click here to open a new Google album page

 

Elevations of the project under construction for completion in 2015.
Images are sourced from http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/experiencein/DowntownPerformingArtsCentre1.asp

Drawings by Diamond + Schmitt Architects.
       
      PAC: exterior view,
Carlisle Street
       
PAC: exterior view,
St. Paul Street
PAC: exterior view,
Lower Carlisle
PAC: exterior view,
Brock Raceway
PAC: interior view,
Lobby
PAC: interior view,
Partridge Concert Hall
PAC: interior view, Robertson Hall, a Theatre/Dance Venue PAC: interior view,
Cairns Recital Hall, used by the Department of Music
PAC: interior view,
Film/Video Theatre, used by the MIWSFPA for lecture
       
UPDATE: City of St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre (PAC): Images presented at the Project Open House, September and October 2011.  Future students of the MIWSFPA will be learning and performing in the Recital Hall and the Film/Video Theatre of the PAC. Adjacent to the city-built PAC is the new home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image.
Drawings by Diamond + Schmitt Architects.
Brock University 198 St. Paul Street: Aerial view of the Haircloth Building from southwest MIWSFPA in the Haircloth Building, view from
the HWY 406 (south view)
MIWSFPA in the Haircloth Building (above) and St. Catharines PAC (below) plan of the site: Performing Arts Centre (PAC, upper right) and the MIWSFPA
PAC: south facade, raceway area between the PAC and the MIWSFPA building, looking eastward looking across the MIWSFPA to the PAC and connecting link to the MIWSFPA PAC: south facade, raceway area between the PAC and the MIWSFPA building (on left), looking westward plan of PAC: Recital Hall, Theatre/Dance Venue (Film/Video Theatre under), Concert Hall
PAC: interior view,
Concert Hall
PAC: interior view,
Recital Hall, used by the Department of Music
PAC: interior view, Theatre/Dance Venue PAC: interior view,
Film/Video Theatre, used by the MIWSFPA for lectures
PAC: north facade on
St. Paul. (l-r) Concert Hall, Theatre/Dance, Recital Hall
PAC:  north facade on St. Paul, looking eastward PAC: interior view,
Main Lobby
PAC: north facade on St. Paul, SW corner at Carlisle
downtown St. Catharines, about 1915 aerial view of the site,
about 1919
an early drawing of the Haircloth Building  early concept renderings from the 2008 study



 

Site and Venues
The Canada Hair Cloth Building is the chosen site for the MIW SFPA, and the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre is planned for property at the corner of Carlisle and St. Paul Street. Links between the two facilities are part of the conceptual plans.

Five distinct arts discipline-specific performance venues are planned:

  • 900-seat concert hall
  • 300-seat recital hall (for the MIW SFPA with some community access)
  • 300-seat theatre venue (MIW SFPA)
  • 250-seat dance/theatre venue
  • 200-seat film venue (shared access)

The project also includes new classrooms, studio space and all the additional spaces required for the Music, Theatre and Visual Arts programs at Brock, as well as office space, rehearsal hall, a café and lobby space for the PAC and community arts organizations.

 

The most recent view into the new facility . . .

 

. . . and a photo album . . . click here to open a new Google album page

 

A recent tour of the historic Haircloth building . . .
in downtown St. Catharines drew a crowd recently. The building is about to be transformed into the site of Brock's Performing Arts Program. 

Provincial funding announced for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

April 14, 2010 — St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley announced that the Ontario government will provide $26.2 million over four years to help build a new home for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The funding is a major breakthrough for the university and the community. The new Marilyn I. Walker School is being built in partnership with the City of St. Catharines, which will build a civic Niagara Centre for the Arts on the other half of the downtown site. This combined project will revitalize and rejuvenate the downtown core through the renovation of heritage buildings and construction of new performance and staging facilities including a dedicated theatre, rehearsal, teaching and research studios. More than 500 full-time students and faculty will relocate to this new facility, freeing up much needed space for other programs at Brock’s main campus in south St. Catharines.  (from the Brock News)