Chicago Symphony Center

Designed by the legendary Daniel Burnham, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall opened in 1905 to pronounced criticism. When asked how to fix the Hall’s original acoustics the famous architect Louis Sullivan was reported to have said “What would be the price of six sticks of dynamite?”. It is with this challenge in mind that the design team, led by Leigh Breslau, approached the proposition nearly 100 years later to try and fix the building for good.

This project was completed under the direction of Design Partner Leigh Breslau, AIA while at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.

Chicago, Illinois


2,850,000 SF

Project Team
Joe Gonazlez, Leigh Breslau, Robert Wesley, Nancy Abshire, Nancy Carreon

Fisher Dachs, Lawrence Kirkegaard, Claude Engle, Carbone Smollen Agency, Turner Construction

Best Renovation Award Friends of Downtown, 1998
Building Team Project of the Year Award: Merit Award Building Design & Construction, 1998
Distinguished Building Award AIA – Chicago Chapter, 1998
Excellence in Engineering ASHRAE – Illinois Chapter, 1996

Performing Arts

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