Performing Arts Center will be Judson Manor’s new neighbor

One of the many benefits of senior living at Judson Manor is its location at the heart of University Circle — Cleveland’s cultural, medical and educational hub.

Case Western Reserve University, a University Circle landmark, recently announced its plans for a monumental makeover of the Temple-Tifereth Israel into a performing arts center. It will house the University’s dance, theatre and music programs, and will be within walking distance from Judson Manor.

 From The Plain Dealer and

CWRU ready to launch a $64 million makeover of Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland as a performing arts center

by Steven Litt, Plain Dealer Architecture Critic

Updated: CWRU revises upward the total cost of the project to reflect the total amount it needs to raise to get the job done.

Case Western Reserve University will break ground in April on a $64 million expansion and renovation of the historic Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland.

The two-year project, for which CWRU has raised $59.3 million in cash and pledges, will turn the facility into a university performing arts center.

It will house the university’s departments of dance, theater and music together under one roof for the first time and will also become an early part of a 21-acre campus expansion west of East 105th Street in University Circle.

On Friday, five members of the Cleveland City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve with commendation the university’s plans for the project.

Commission member Lillian Kuri, a program director at the Cleveland Foundation, abstained because she said the foundation is supporting the project.

“It’s an outstanding example of adaptive reuse,” commission member Norman Krumholz said of the CWRU plan.

The north elevation of the proposed addition at the Temple-Tifereth Israel complex at East 105th Street in Cleveland. Courtesy MGA Partners, Philadelphia

CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder, who did not attend the meeting, said later in a telephone interview that she was delighted by the vote — and by the chance to show through the project that CWRU wants to be known not just as a university strong in science, engineering and technology, but also in the arts.

“We’re putting a big stake in the ground about the value of the arts to our campus and students,” she said.

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