Restoring the Quarry Amphitheater
Carved from a former working quarry amidst redwoods and rocky outcroppings,the Upper Quarry Amphitheater at UC Santa Cruz dramatically showcases the deep connection between the campus, its history, and the natural landscape. Designed in the early ’60s by modernist landscape architect Robert Royston, its asymmetrical terraces and sunny park-like character highlight the surroundings.
“I think it’s beautiful, breathtaking. It always reminds you of where you are, surrounded by the campus’s natural splendor. It’s history, and an extraordinary piece of landscape architecture.”
Frank Zwart (Cowell ’71), Campus Architect Emeritus
Despite its central role in campus life since its opening in 1966, the amphitheater fell into disrepair. As a result, events were discontinued in 2006 leaving a void in the heart of campus.
Plans for restoring the amphitheater envision a newly invigorated, inviting cultural space that retains its natural beauty. While some features will be upgraded, one that will be taken back to its original state is “the rock,” an outcropping that dramatically pierces the stage.
The project feasibility study calls for both restoration and new enhancements. The initial construction will provide accessibility, building code, life safety, and basic operational upgrades to support performances, events and casual daily use of the venue.
- Seating will be expanded from current 1,636 to 2,000.
- Stairs, ramps, handrails, lighting, and overall access will be improved.
- Provisions will be made for portable infrastructure to support events.
Personal and passionate, visit YOUR QUARRY STORIES
Send your favorite memory to QuarryStory@ucsc.edu
- Quarry story: A new chapter begins
- Cowell students’ fundraising for Quarry turns $2,000 into $30,000
- UCSC campaigns to revive Quarry Amphitheater
- Who says the quarry can’t rock again?
- Student support gives major boost to Quarry reopening
- Quarry’s rich history
- Alumnus gift helps kick-start restoration
- Plans in Place for Amping up the Quarry
- Bring Back the Quarry
… when it was a working quarry
Linda Navone at 831.459.2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Cohen at 831.459.2380 or email@example.com