Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Reinforcing Winston-Salem’s reputation as “The City of Arts & Innovation”

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Completion Date

72,000 SF

Project Type
Renovation & Addition, Adaptive Re-Use, Arts Center

2011 Merit Award - Renovation, Winston-Salem Chapter, North Carolina AIA
2012 Architectural Excellence Award, Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission

Professional Credits
Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA
Architect of Record: CJMW Architecture

Putting the arts on center stage

Since founding the nation’s first arts council in 1957, Winston-Salem has enjoyed a rich history of supporting the arts. Ironically, as central as the arts are to the fabric of the community, the Arts Council itself did not have a visible downtown base for its operations. This award-winning adaptive re-use, renovation, and expansion of a former hosiery mill and vehicle maintenance garage resulted in a creative, inclusive, and accessible hub for the regional community to engage with the arts.

The expanded two-story, 72,000-SF facility provides general-purpose classrooms, art studios, an art gallery, a theater and other event spaces, and offices for the local Arts Council. The renovation replaced all building systems and provided full accessibility. It also preserved some facades and replaced others to give the facility an exciting new appearance.

Joe Bircher, AIA

Senior Project Architect
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