Is the playhouse salvageable; will it be saved?
It seems as if a popular plan calls for the facade to be saved and the rest of the building, a brand new structure build around it, will house a smaller 300 seat playhouse along with retail and a garage. But will it also include condos above and a CocoWalk type retail center surrounding the whole thing?
|Architect Richard Heisenbottle's design.|
Some of the old playhouse employees feel that the interior is the important thing here, not the facade, but all the memories inside, including the stage, the seating, the dressing rooms and offices. While others feel that there was never enough room backstage or above the stage for proper productions, although for over 50 years that didn't seem to stop them from putting on first class shows. So what's the answer?
In all these years that the playhouse has been falling apart, with an open roof and constant flooding, only two people have done anything to protect it; I have two friends who contacted the state, who stepped in and did some work and then they also and did some repairs themselves to try and protect the old building from the elements.
There will be other meetings on the subject.
Architect Richard Heisenbottle's design.
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