Howard Theater Restoration and Renovation

About

THIS PROJECT

This project was a 30,000 SF restoration/renovation of the historic Howard Theatre, which was originally built in 1910 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The project recreated an entertainment and dining venue with over capacity of over 1,200 people. The updated facility includes:

  • Entrance lobby
  • Audience chamber dance floor
  • Stage and catwalk
  • Ticket booth
  • Balcony with banquette seating
  • Full-service commercial kitchen
  • New MEP systems

The seating includes a combination of fixed banquette seating and loose tables on the first floor and fixed banquette seats on the second floor balcony. In addition, the back-of-house area includes green rooms, a management office and back stage lighting and control rooms. The project also included challenging foundation work, which involved supporting the existing structure while a 10,300 SF basement was excavated and constructed under the theater.

The exterior and interior restoration was performed to National Park Service Tax Credit Standards and the project won the following awards:

  • 2012 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for underpinning and excavation
  • 2013 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards for cast- in -place concrete, plaster and drywall

PROJECT OVERVIEW

LOCATION:
Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic

CLIENT:
Ellis Development Group

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1910
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BUILDING ORIGINALLY CONSTRUCTED

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1,242

CAPACITY

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30,000

SQUARE FEET

Project

GALLERY

Performing Arts National Leader
Christopher Moore
410-337-5702
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