Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Katonah, NY

Since 1946, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—has been host to a rich cultural program focused largely on classical music and related education activities. Caramoor is best known for its Summer Music Festival but also accommodates year-round concerts and related events throughout its 90-acre campus of paths, historic buildings, and gardens.

VHB provided civil engineering and transportation planning services as part of a master planning team selected by the Center. The master plan leverages Caramoor’s unique strengths and character, addresses its deficiencies and opportunities, and provides a set of guiding principles and framework that can be used to prioritize allocation of resources over the next decade, as well as recommend short-term operational improvements.

VHB developed concepts that incorporate accessibility and mobility of pedestrian and vehicular traffic; recommended better siting of parking, lighting, wayfinding, and circulation to improve the patron experience; and assisted in the assessment of civil and site engineering improvements to develop an implementable master plan. To better understand existing issues and future opportunities, VHB participated in face-to-face interviews with Caramoor Center staff and helped develop and participated in public outreach with donors, trustees, and other stakeholders.

People gathered for outdoor evening tented theater performance at Caramoor Center. Historic Rosen House building flanked by flowering trees at Caramoor Center.


  • Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts


  • Public Outreach

  • Site/Civil Engineering

  • Transportation Planning & Engineering