Photo: Mark Schwartz


Jarvis Conservatory

Adaptive conversion of historic landmark building transformed the abandoned Lisbon Winery stone structure to a state-of-the-art performance space for music.  Enhancements were needed to supplement the space’s strong natural acoustics by minimizing distraction from intrusive noise and collaboration on HVAC system design resulted in a silent system that can be left running during concerts.  These modifications also enabled the space to double as a recording studio.  The 200-seat performance space includes a 30-piece orchestra pit and adjustable acoustic curtains.  The facility also contains music studios for instrumental and vocal practice.  These studios were built with special “room-in-room” isolation techniques to allow simultaneous use with minimal intrusion from adjacent spaces.

Jarvis Conservatory

Napa, CA

Project Type
Adaptive Re-use

Square Footage



Sutton/Suzuki Architects

Theatre Consultant
Auerbach Pollack Friedlander

As a shoebox shaped space with massive sandstone walls, the  space offers strong natural acoustics and is an ideal setting for concerts.    

Acoustic design elements were skillfully incorporated to maintain the romance of the original building.