Chenery auditorium from stage

Howard Chenery Auditorium

Refurbishment and enhancement of this 1924 auditorium resulted in a premier music and dance performance theater is recognized for its superb acoustics.

This project was a public-private partnership between Kalamazoo Public Schools and Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo


Budget: $7.2 million

Completion: 2009

Size: 1,550-seat capacity


  • Complete remodeling of the performance hall with new seating, drapery, orchestra pit, rigging, and lighting
  • Remodeled green room and dressing rooms
  • New sound and controls booth and equipment
  • Reshaped auditorium and custom orchestra shell to enhance acoustics
  • Remodeled entrances and lobbies
  • New reception area
  • Custom plaster detail work to match the original work
  • Improved air conditioning—under-floor
  • YEAR : 2009
  • LOCATION : Kalamazoo, MI
  • TYPE : Renovation
  • PORTFOLIO : Community