has announced a $12 million challenge grant from the Maltz Family Foundation of the to support the renovation of the historic building.
Awarded as part of a new partnership between Case Western and the temple, the grant will be used to transform the temple's University Circle building into the Milton and Tamar Maltz Center for Performing Arts. The 100,000-square-foot facility will be used to present programs and performances by the music, dance, and theater departments at Case and will feature rehearsal space, classrooms, and faculty offices. The building, which was built in 1911 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, will continue to function as a place of worship for High Holy Days and other holiday services and events such as weddings, b'nai mitzvah ceremonies, and funerals.
CWRU officials estimate that the renovation project will cost $25.6 million, with an additional $7 million needed for construction of a pedestrian bridge to connect the building to the university campus. The project is an integral component of the university's strategic plan, which lists culture, creativity, and design among its four major focuses.
"Milton and Tamar Maltz have given us a remarkable opportunity," said CWRU president Barbara R. Snyder. "This project has the potential to create enormous benefit for our university, for the temple congregation, and for the community at large."