Michael Farewell FAIA of Farewell Architects has specialized in the design of theater and performance spaces. His work includes the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, the Westport Country Playhouse addition and renovation in Connecticut, and the Dorothy Young Concert Hall at Drew University. Other performance spaces include new work at Rutgers, FDU, the Pingry School, and the Pennington School and range from black boxes to choral concert spaces.
Michael’s work has frequently involved historical buildings and settings, with inventively designed additions and transformations that respect the historic qualities of the original context while accommodating new uses. 20th century building preservation and renovation has ranged from the New Jersey State Museum to the addition to All Saints’ Church in Princeton.
Michael Farewells work has been awarded twenty-six AIANJ awards, an American Architecture Award, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an AIA Education Award. His work has won the Emerald Award for sustainability from NJUSGBC and projects have achieved LEED platinum and Living Building Certification.
The new Strand Arts venue will be a multi-use art house with a mission to inspire bold and collaborative artistic experiences: visual, musical, and performance art produced in the spirit of excellence and curiosity for our residents and visitors alike. Conceived and led by artist Kelly Sullivan, designed by architect Michael Farewell, to be enjoyed by our entire community.
At Strand Arts, Lambertville, NJ, we’ll use the arts to create customized programs to help our corporate clients and organizations produce powerful and engaging meetings in a highly creative and professional environment. A gracious lobby, assembly space, and breakout studios will be modernized for today’s connectivity demands. Revenue from corporate clients will help sustain the development and production of new original art pieces throughout the year, supporting our mission to inspire bold and collaborative artistic experiences.
Housed in the old Strand Theatre, c.1915, we sit at 12 Coryell Street, the oldest street in Lambertville, three doors from the canal path, in the heart of our commercial district. Recreated and reimagined, this grand old gem will shine once again for the benefit of our community and visitors alike.
We know there are so many memories of the Strand held in the hearts of our neighbors. We invite you to share your stories here.
We will encourage our artistic directors to use these stories as inspiration, allowing them to incorporate lines, scenes, and scenarios into one piece of collaborative work to be shared with the community of Lambertville at the opening of the new Strand Arts Theatre.