The Remarkable Journey of an Obscure, Dilapidated and Boarded Up Downtown Building to a Fully Restored 1851 Theater
Tools & Techniques: 3rd Segment
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm
The journey of the 1851 Woodward Opera House restoration project is a story of success and a story of transformation. The challenges were immense and required substantial community support, as well as resources, people, professionals, experts, and organizations from around the country. What are the transformational elements of success for the multi-million-dollar restoration of a historic structure and theater in a small town (population 16,000) in rural Ohio? This transformation required multiple cooperative partnerships, a dedicated core leadership team, education and edification, promotion and marketing, analysis and studies, engineering, and design, and even a change in the business cultural within the community. Hear how the Woodward team found their footing, defined the project’s importance to the community, state, and - yes - even the nation. See the depth of the team brought together to design the building upgrades, define the historicity of the project, and negotiate with SHPO, define the needs of contemporary art staging and performance in an historic theater, analyze and define the acoustic elements needed in every aspect of the design. Learn how the team moved forward with the work in the building incrementally using local match dollars for CDBG, environmental, and SAT grants, and finally with the overall restoration project funded with substantial local participation to match state funding, as well as federal and state historic tax credit funding to complete the final $22.1 million (hard+soft) theater restoration and renovation project. Each member of the panel will share from their perspective how they collaborated to develop a renovation design that respected the history and unique design elements of this historic performance space, found a way to transform this historic landmark in a way that supports contemporary performance space programming, provides an attractive venue for audience, promoters, and artists, as well as providing for a sustainable cost model.
- Pat Crow, Project Manager & Founding Board Member, Woodward Development Corp., Mount Vernon, OH
- Charissa Durst, Project Architect, Hardlines Design Company, Columbus, OH
- David Kahn, President, Acoustic Distinctions, Stamford, CT