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.

The Theatre Window Restoration Project is the first step
in the Maryland Hall Renovation Project.
 
Over $3.5 million has already been committed to the $18 million capital campaign to underwrite the renovations that will transform Maryland Hall into a professional, state-of-the art, 21st century home for the arts.  The $215,000 window restoration project was funded in part by a $90,000 grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.  Maryland Hall is located in the Four Rivers Heritage Area and will match the funds for this much-needed project.

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.

The window restoration continues to proceed on schedule! Take a look at what’s been happening at Maryland Hall in the month of August and September.
 
Whiting-Turner, our construction company, is on to the sash removal process.
 
 
Once the sashes are removed they are transported to Worcester-Eisenbrandt in Baltimore.
 
 
Before                                                                After
The metal in the sashes was well crafted and, as a result, easily restored.
 
 
Before                                                                       After
The restoration process is allowing us to see the beautiful arches as they appeared over 80 years ago.
 
 
The windows each contain an in-lay of insulating wood that was scored to allow it to easily bend into place.
 
 
The bronze hardware from each window is carefully removed, labeled and cleaned.
 
 
Inside the theater, each window has been equipped with scaffolding and covered with protective plastic.