Thursday, January 01, 2009

Howard Theater Revamp Gets the Go-Ahead


Washington DC’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) has unanimously approved Ellis Development’s plans to rehabilitate, restore and expand Shaw’s historic Howard Theater. The developer, in concert with Martinez and Johnson Architecture, aims to reinstate the famed 98-year-old dilapidated building to its former iconic status as one of the District’s premier theater and music venues – with a few extra additions such as modernized backstage facilities, an in-house restaurant and a gift shop. Ellis principle Chip Ellis told DCmud recently that the renovations are expected to get underway next August, though funding has remained an obstacle. Whiting-Turner will serve as the general contractor. Ellis has also been planning the Radio One residential and office project nearby, but which has not gotten out of the ground.

1 comments:

LC French on Jan 5, 2009, 1:09:00 PM said...

This is wonderful news for the many folks who have enjoyed countless shows at the Howard Theater. The Motown Review, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, James Brown and so many more were an important part of the fabric of coming of age in Washington, DC.

 

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