The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
The Isabel Bader Centre

Located on Lake Ontario, the 19th century Morton Brewery site has been reconceived as “The Isabel,” uniting a diverse range of disciplines: a concert hall, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and labs for the school of music, drama, art, film and media. The state-of-the-art complex was designed by N45 Architecture of Ottawa, and opened its doors to the public in 2014.

The Concert Hall of The Isabel

The heart of The Isabel is its 566-seat Concert Hall. Its wooden aesthetic references the layers of Kingston limestone. The acoustics are based on the historic “jewel box” concert halls of Europe, refined through 3-D acoustic modeling. The concluding performance of our 2016 “I Feel the Winds” Festival will be a concert by internationally known organist Felix Hell, performing on the stage of The Concert Hall of The Isabel with his own touring organ.

Lobby of The Isabel

The stainless steel façade was inspired by the water and the monochromatic white/greys of the winter skies. New dark grey wood siding on the re-purposed historic structures recalls the weathered wooden additions added as the brewery expanded. A green court ties The Isabel with the neighboring Tett Centre, providing an open, framed view of Lake Ontario. Large quantities of the wood structure from the historic buildings were re-purposed as interior finishes, as was local limestone used for repairs and new finishes.

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