Summer 2013: Window Renovation
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts has begun work on the restoration of eight large windows in the Hall’s 850-seat main theatre. The 10-week project to restore the 1932-era windows is the first phase of Maryland Hall’s facility modernization that includes renovation of the theatre, construction of two theatre wings and the creation of a new community theatre.
During the window restoration project, which began on July 15, contractors will remove all eight windows and cover the window openings with plywood. The sashes will be taken off-site and restored. When that work is completed, they will be returned and placed in the window openings in small sections. Because Maryland Hall’s building has a historic easement, all restoration and renovation projects must be submitted and approved by the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT). The window restoration project—part of the overall renovation project—received MHT approval in 2011.
More than 200 original windows were replaced between 2004 and 2005 in Maryland Hall’s classrooms and studios. The eight grand theatre windows and several other windows on the back and sides of the building are the last remaining windows needing modernization.
“For safety reasons and overall aesthetics of the theatre, the completion of this window restoration project is essential”, says Linnell Bowen, President of Maryland Hall. “The timing of the project is driven by the continued exposure to the weather and further deterioration of the windows and to ensure minimal impact on programming.”
The theatre window project is expected to be completed in mid-September and will not affect summer arts activities or the start of Maryland Hall’s fall performing arts season.