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PROJECT // Capitol Theater Performing Arts Center
LOCATION
Dover, Delaware

DESIGN SOLUTION
Design Competition for the renovation of the Historic Capitol Theater located on State Street in Dover, Delaware into a Performing Arts Center.

The short listed firms where given a brief opportunity to visit the building which had been unoccupied for a number of years. Last used as a movie theater, the building suffered from a leaky roof and lack of use. Drawings were not available and had to be created from field measurements.

Property restrictions limited the first floor addition to 9' feet. This space is used as a connecting loggia providing intermission space and a means to get from the box office to the stage without going through the theater. Utilizing air rights granted by the adjacent bank, a second and third floor would be built over the parking lot for other arts uses. An elevator was added to provide handicapped access to all seating levels. This feature required creative planning and design.

All mechanical systems would be replaced and located in the penthouse of the addition allowing for acoustical isolation and direct access to the ceiling space of the theater.



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