Hylton Performing Arts Center at George Mason University
Three distinct public institutions, (George Mason University, City of Manassas, and Prince William County) armed with a far-reaching vision and persistence, have brought about a singular performing arts facility that meets the needs of a multitude of civic and academic constituents. Committed to creating a place special to all, meetings were held throughout the entire process with university personnel and community arts groups to ensure that the final outcome would meet the needs of all the participants. The opera-style performance hall represents a benchmark in modern theater design in terms of compact layout and audience interaction. The tight horseshoe shape and three vertical tiers of boxes create a setting in which no seat is farther than 90 feet from the proscenium. Now, truly a landmark, the building is a key component in the formation of a cultural hub in the region.