Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts & Center Tower

This multipurpose theater is clad in Napoleon Red Swedish granite, quarried from a single striation of stone in Malmo, Sweden. From the quarry, the blocks of stone were shipped to Italy, where they were cut, polished, and honed to reveal a subtle gray hue. The dramatic five-story exterior features a massive proscenium arch, framing a dynamic sculpture entitled “Firebird,” with wings made up of a bold sweep of interweaving gold, silver, and red metallic strands. Adjacent to the Segerstrom Hall, Center Tower stands as a prominent and identifying feature in the business, cultural and social landscape of Orange County. Built in concert with the theatre, Carrara installed the steel support system & curvilinear stone facade of Center Tower.

This was the first project where Carrara self performed the structural steel support systems for its own stonework.

Date Completed



CL Peck

Type of Project


Services Provided

Design Build/ Design Assist, Mechanically Fastened Stone, Stone Paving, Structural Steel Support System