Gaines Group Architects

Natural Chimney Stage

Project Location: Harrisonburg, Virginia

General Contractor: Herr & Co. / Venture Builders

Heavy Timber Supplier: Blue Ridge Timberwrights

Red Wing Stage is a collaboration of community leaders working towards the benefit of the Red Wing Music Festival at Natural Chimneys. The existing permanent stage was built by the Parks service and was not geared towards live concerts. The ceiling was too low and the stage was not large enough. Our task was to work with a group of volunteers to “raise the roof” and enlarge the stage while adding a sound stage. We worked hand-in-hand with Red Wing Music Festival promoters to understand their design goals. The contractors were available for pricing and buildability strategy meetings. Through the process we believe the new stage will be beautiful, functional, and durable.