Blossom Music Center

  • Client

    • Musical Arts Association
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - Originally completed by DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskoky in 1968, the Blossom Music Center became the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and immediately established itself as one of the nation’s premier outdoor symphonic music venues. The Center’s versatility allows for a wide range of staged performances, including ballet, opera, and popular music, and offers seating for nearly 5,000 patrons in its pavilion and an additional 13,000 spectators on the lawn. DLR Group|WRL’s design for updates to the facility responds to evolving programmatic and practical needs. A significant portion of the design maintains the original spirit and character of the Center’s pavilion and surrounding plazas and outbuildings, ensuring visitors continue to experience a strong indoor/outdoor connection. The completely redeveloped landscape, parking, picnic, and arrival area provides spectacular views of the soaring performance pavilion, evoking a strong sense of wonder and place. Nearer to the pavilion, planting beds are filled with a canopy and carpet of trees and shrubs, strengthening the impression of the Blossom as a sanctuary in the woods.

Scope Summary - The scope of this project included additions and renovations to facilities across 800 rolling acres that border the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. DLR Group|WRL’s three-phase $17 million redevelopment plan upgraded the amphitheater’s roof and provided backstage building improvements. Enhanced amenities, including social gathering spaces and concessions areas, provide modern upgrades while echoing the façade of the original design through the use of cast-in-place concrete. Working with the Land Conservation Manager at a neighboring arboretum, the project replaced original turf grass with a mix of native meadow grasses and wildflowers to enhance the Center’s “rural experience.” New signs placed along the entrance road are cleverly colored to simultaneously stand out and blend in, and provide a clear sense of orientation without intruding on the lush natural landscape. DLR Group|WRL provided integrated architecture and engineering design services for the initial redevelopment project, as well as continued services for subsequent projects, including house lighting replacement, upgrades to concession/toilet plaza, and ADA-compliant modifications.

DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Award of Merit

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio
  • 25 Year Building Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio
  • Honor Award

    American Institute of Architects (AIA) Ohio

Blossom Music Center

Musical Arts Association