This performing arts center in the city of Worcester, 66 kilometers west of Boston, is named in honor of Cornelius B. Prior, an alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross, a private institution on whose campus it stands, and lead donor for its construction.
The 7,800-square-meter facility includes the Luth Concert Hall for an audience of 400, the flexible Boroughts Theater seating 400, and the relocated Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery. Intended as an incubator for multidisciplinary learning and creativity, it also features recording studios, rooms for for lighting and set design study, and multimedia and multi-use facilities. Perched a hill, the building presents surfaces of prefabricated concrete and core-ten steel. On the outside, the fluid forms of both materials rise and intertwine, creating an arched entrance leading to the heart of the building.