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DePaul University School of Music
Chicago, Illinois
Antunovich Associates is collaborating with DePaul University on the new School of Music building.
DePaul University School of Music
Chicago, Illinois
Located between the historic McCormick Row House District and the North Halsted Street corridor, the School of Music proposal is comprised of three buildings – Music North, Music Center and Music South. This arrangement provides continuity for the School of Music facilities along North Halsted.

The new Music Center building anchors the proposed complex, housing a 535-seat concert hall, a 150-seat large recital hall, and a 80-seat small recital hall. The double-height lobby area is enclosed by a modern glass façade, set back from an arcade of brick and limestone piers. The main entry to the building is fronted by a dramatic, 2 story arcade adjacent to a private driveway off of Halsted. The private, circular driveway off of Halsted allows for efficient passenger drop-off while also providing access to a 100 car, lower level parking area. Student rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, a Jazz studio, a Percussion suite and an Ensemble room are among the spaces planned for the upper floors of the building.

Music North (formerly the Music School building) continues to serve as the School of Music’s administrative hub, housing renovated faculty offices, admissions, teaching studios, seminar rooms and classrooms on its existing three levels. The Music North building will be further improved through an enclosed link to the new Music Center building. Music South (formerly the Chapel building) will be substantially reprogrammed to accommodate an Opera Rehearsal Hall and its supporting spaces. Music South will also be connected to the Music Center building through an enclosed walkway.

Music Center’s façade complements its unique built surroundings and is composed mainly of brick with limestone panels and horizontal coursing as detail elements. Semi-translucent glass and natural stone, used throughout the exterior, are arranged to moderate the building’s mass and present a lively atmosphere along Halsted. The building height is reduced at the building edges through setbacks in the main volume to mediate between the required concert hall height and the surrounding residences. The new School of Music complex redefines DePaul University’s presence at the eastern edge of the Lincoln Park Campus.
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