Ladue Hortin Watkins High School, Performing Arts Center

St. Louis, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Bond Architects, Inc.


    Ladue School District

  • AREA

    20,000 sq.ft.





The Ladue School District envisioned a state-of-the-art high school performing-arts center that would serve the community. The existing theater was transformed into a versatile venue to accommodate the needs of dance, theater and orchestra.

The renovated and expanded proscenium theater was transformed from a typical high ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$300.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms auditorium. It now holds 750 seats and provides theatrical lighting with attractive, cost-effective acoustic solutions that will vastly improve the performance capabilities of the drama department and community troupe. A balcony, two new catwalks, a new lighting booth, a sound-mixing station and a fly loft above the stage enable hands-on training for theater students. The selected finishes are aesthetically pleasing and easy to maintain.

Also added was a collegiate-style lobby that doubles as an art exhibition space. It was designed to bring in sunlight during the day and project the interior lighting outside after dusk. The new black-box theater enables the student actors to engage the audience in a more intimate setting.