Howard University Cramton Auditorium
Washington, D.C.

Cramton Auditorium, which was built in 1959, is the largest performance space on Howard's campus. Our renovation focused on extensive upgrades to the main auditorium including new seating, enhanced lighting, finishes, stage and house lights, and sound system upgrades.  We also addressed several outstanding code compliant issues such as adding a new handicap ramp, a new elevator, restroom upgrades,  entrance vestibule glazing and recladding the dated entrance canopy. 

Our design focus was to enhance the overall experience of guests that visit Cramton.  We re-glazed the vestibule with new clear glazing, and re-clad the canopy with  new contemporary aluminum panels.  We designed a small addition with a new ramp  to allow access to the auditorium from the lobby level. We also added a passenger elevator to provide access to the lower level.  We replaced all 1,500 seats in the auditorium, and reconfigured the aisles to provide better access and circulation.  To improve the main house lights, we designed a series of wall mounted fixtures that bounce light off the ceiling and back down to the auditorium floor. We designed seven foot ‘torches’ that shroud the light source to  animate the otherwise blank walls of the auditorium.  Finishes and FF&E selection was done in collaboration with K.I.A. Interior Design and Construction Inc. 

Photography by Elena Walsh