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The renovation and adaptive reuse of an 1866 multi-denominational summer chapel into a year-round theatre for a new professional theater company. The building has had many lives including as a silent movie house, community theatre and pre-Broadway house, a parachute factory, and most recently as the renowned “Stony Creek Puppet House” which showcased rare, turn of the century Sicilian handmade puppets.
Our design approach is unique in that all consultants were involved from the beginning. The space needs are great and the existing building is tight, so we have all worked together for the programmatic pieces to fit like a jigsaw puzzle to provide the client with as much as could possibly fit. This would not be possible without a close working relationship of the architect and the structural and mechanical engineers.
While the project is not a contender for a Passive House-level energy retrofit, those principles are applied whenever possible. Scope includes all interior design work, energy-efficient retrofit, theater layout and technical coordination.