By studying the typology of the surrounding buildings and sculptures, the design approach to the Rotary Stage became evident. The stage must embrace the existing structures,while making an architectural statement from our time.
Many of the influences of the park and surroundings can be recognized in the Rotary Stage. The overlapping-buttressed forms that compose Bronson Park fountain are echoed in the tension tower that helps support the roof of the stage, while the bronze cast of the Rotary Club logo anchors this support. The roof form is derived from the Gothic arches present in the surrounding churches, especially the church directly behind the stage. The copper roofing matches that of the Civic Theater, while the steel structure recalls the modernist construction of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Similarly, the limestone that is so prevalent in the surrounding buildings composes the acoustical walls, which are trimmed with a decorative pattern that reflects the care and craftsmanship invested in the adjacent structures.
The stage joins its neighbors in a reciprocal relationship and has become an active but not overwhelming participant in the landscape. It speaks to the history of the site and its surroundings but still makes a functional, contemporary design statement.