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Centre Theater: Construction Tour
September 9, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
1.5 AIA/CES credits
Register online or at the door
Please join us for a tour of the former Centre Theater on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014. A key addition to the Station North Arts & Entertainment district, the flexible building design will accommodate a variety of tenants, including the Center for Neighborhoods and the new joint Film Program for Maryland Institute College of Art & Johns Hopkins University.
The historic building was constructed in 1913 as a two-story automobile dealership and was converted by Morris Mechanic in 1930s to a theater and radio studio. It opened its doors as the Centre Theater in 1939, welcoming guests into a 1,000-seat auditorium. The building was also home to the WFBR-AM radio station. After the theater’s closure in 1959, it was converted into a bank and the art deco theatre volume was infilled to provide space for offices. The building has been abandoned for several years, and is currently in a state of disrepair.
The project was awarded $3 million in Maryland Sustainable Communities Tax Credits as a result of the goal to restore the building envelope and structure per state and federal historic preservation guidelines and meet Baltimore City Green Building Standards. The two outward facing facades on North Avenue and 20th Street will be restored, as well as the original theater marquee. New windows and roofs will be installed alongside energy-efficient building envelope improvements. A new building core with stairs and elevators creates efficient and flexible tenant space. Current plans for the 73,000 square-foot building include spaces for film screenings, music venues, artists’ studios, galleries, a playhouse and a restaurant.
Team members from Southway Builders Inc., Jubilee Baltimore and Ziger/Snead, LLP Architects will be hosting us to provide insight into this building’s fascinating history and its new plans to continue serving North Avenue and the Station North Arts & Entertainment district.
Image “Centre Theater, 1939” courtesy Explore Baltimore Heritage.