Murphy Arts District Recognized with an AIA Ohio Design Award
DLR Group|WestlakeReed Leskosky received an AIA Ohio Design Award for its work on the Murphy Arts District Griffin Music Venue and Amphitheater. This award acknowledges the best architecture coming out of the state.
Located in the former oil boomtown of El Dorado, Arkansas, the Murphy Arts District project utilized historic state and federal tax credits that leveraged capital funding. DLR Group|WRL’s master plan and design utilizes existing historic assets, including the National Register-listed Rialto Theatre, five other legacy structures, and new construction. The integrated design plan creates a multi-venue downtown arts and entertainment district that preserves and celebrates the unique identity of El Dorado while appealing to contemporary audiences and future generations. Phase One includes construction of the new amphitheater, and transformation of the historic 1930s Griffin Auto Building, a two-level, historic filling station and automotive showroom/repair shop, into a restaurant and flat-floor, indoor music venue.
The Murphy Arts District in El Dorado, Arkansas by DLR Group|WRL. Photo by Kevin G. Reeves.
“Our work on the Murphy Arts District is the result of strong collaboration from across the firm,” says DLR Group Senior Principal and Global Cultural+Performing Arts Leader Paul Westlake, FAIA. “Many professionals at DLR Group|WRL contributed to the design effort, and we feel incredibly honored to be recognized for a project that not only represents our firm’s integrated design approach, but has also had a positive and lasting impact on El Dorado’s local economy.”
The AIA Ohio Design Awards promote projects that have distinguished themselves through attention to high quality design, performance, and commitment to AIA’s 10 principles of livable communities. DLR Group|WRL’s design was recognized in the category of newly completed buildings, additions, remodels, renovations, and restorations.