Milton Powell & Partners

Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas, Texas

The Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn provides an outdoor performance venue for up to 65 musicians in groups such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Choral groups such as area church choirs will perform as will small ensembles and individuals offering a variety of musical presentations.

A primary goal of the project was to locate the stage and shape the existing topography to create a natural amphitheater without disrupting the present vista from the Camp House to White Rock Lake. The stage is sized to accommodate a temporary 40' x 40' shade canopy with overhead lighting and provides for a temporary guying system for wind loads.

Additional features of the amphitheater include lawn seating for 2,100 patrons, three "Special Event Balconies" where temporary tents can be rented to groups of 35-40 guests, preservation/lighting of existing Pecan trees in the immediate area, and provision for lighting and sound systems. To provide an ADA accessible walkway descending 27' from the existing Paseo to the stage, a 5% sloped winding sidewalk was constructed in shapes recalling musical notes. Additionally, at appropriate nodes along the walkway, circular cast stone seat pods inscribed with musical quotations are provided.