Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall opened in 2003 following a $127 million renovation of the former Seattle Opera House. McCaw Hall serves as the main stage for performances by the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and also hosts performances of touring artists and events sponsored by area arts organizations. The space also hosts corporate meetings, lectures, and community events.
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center
Mercer Street Signage for the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Theater Lobby at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Seating at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Backstory and Context
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall reflects the transformation of the 1962 Seattle Opera House into a world-class, multiple-use arts and entertainment venue. The McCaw Hall is used for performances by the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. It is also used for theatrical productions, festivals, lectures, and community events hosted by other area arts organizations, corporations, and non-profits.
The McCaw Hall includes the state of the art 2900-seat Susan Brotman Auditorium as well as the 380-seat Nesholm Family lecture hall. Additionally, it includes the Prelude Cafe and a 17,800 square foot public plaza called the Kreielsheimer Promenade. A five-story glass wall allows passers-by to view the interior of the McCaw Hall's elegant lobby as theatergoers gather in the lobby prior to the start of a performance.
Owen Richards served as the lead architect for the $127 million renovation of the 1962 Seattle Opera Building into the state of the art Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Richards oversaw the project from design through construction. Located on the grounds of the Seattle Center Campus, the McCaw Hall is owned by the City of Seattle. It is operated by the Seattle Center, which maintains a 25-year operating agreement with its tenants: the Seattle Opera and with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Along with musical concerts and community-wide events, the McCaw Hall is primarily used for 150 annual performances by the Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
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Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, ORA Architects. Accessed June 27th 2021. http://orarchitects.com/index.php/portfolio/mccaw-hall/.
Seattle Opera Events, Seattle Opera. Accessed June 27th 2021. https://www.mccawhall.com/teams/detail/seattle-opera-events.