An architect rendering of the future speakeasy at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Credit: Wilson Butler Architects as provided by the Zeiterion

An award-winning architecture and interior design studio with 25 years of expertise in architecture for arts and entertainment venues created the Zeiterion renovation plan.

A committee chose Wilson Butler Architects of Boston from among the respondents to a request for proposals. “They’ve got really solid experience in historical theaters,” said Rosemary Gill, the Z president and CEO.


The firm states on its website that it designs “environments that create experiences with an engaging process, an eye for the theatrical, and a compelling vision.  … [We] understand how to create social spaces where people love to be and can’t wait to return to.”

Wilson Butler Architects has designed civic performing arts centers, new and renovated arts facilities, and state-of-the-art entertainment venues — even aboard cruise ships. Projects similar to the undertaking at the Zeiterion include vintage venues such as:

  • The Bushnell Theater in Hartford, Conn.
  •  The Strand Theatre in Boston
  • Newport (R.I.) Opera House
  • The Akron Civic Theatre
  • Altria Theater in Richmond, Va.

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