Conner Prairie AmphitheaterNoblesville, Indiana
Browning Day was selected to design Conner Prairie’s amphitheater to accommodate the huge crowds of its annual summer concert series, Symphony on the Prairie™, featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Patrons are seated on the lawn of the amphitheater, facing the museum’s 250-acre prairie. At the base of the amphitheater, a new stage was designed and constructed with orchestra support areas underneath. A fabric band shell was erected on top of the new stage. The band shell provides improved acoustics in the bowl-shaped hillside where the concerts have long been held. It also provides shelter for the orchestra members and their instruments. Entrance landscape and pathways with subtle bollard lighting for nighttime wayfinding and safety are provided. The facility accommodates 10,000 spectators, with patrons providing lawn chairs or blankets for seating.