Everyman Theatre Honored with 'Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award'

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Everyman Theatre will be honored by Baltimore Heritage at the 2013 Preservation Awards Celebration on Thursday, June 20th. Everyman Theatre will receive an Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design Award as part of Baltimore Heritage's 2013 historic preservation awards ceremony. Ian Tresselt, Everyman's Managing Director, will be attendance to receive the award.

Baltimore Heritage is Baltimore's nonprofit historic and architectural preservation organization, which works to preserve and promote Baltimore's historic buildings and neighborhoods. The awards ceremony will take place at the newly restored Mill No. 1 Building on Falls Road along the Jones Falls River. Last year, over 250 leaders in Baltimore's construction, architecture, business, and politicAl Fields attended the event.

Everyman Theatre celebrated the Grand Opening of its new building in January, 2013. The theatre was originally built in 1911 as a Vaudeville house called the Empire Theatre.

In the 1930s, the building was completely redesigned and opened as the Palace Theatre, a burlesque house. The city shut down the establishment in 1937 after a public uproar over the "indecency" of the performances. Shortly thereafter, the former theatre was converted into an indoor parking garage.

In 1947, the building was redesigned once more and renamed the Town Theatre - a 1550 seat movie house that hosted the opening of such classic films as "It's a Wonderful Life." By 1990, the Town Theatre was in disrepair and closed its doors for the final time.

Bank of America and the Harold Dawson Trust generously donated the former Town Theatre to Everyman for just $1. In 2006, the theatre embarked on an $18 million campaign to renovate the then vacant space into the new Everyman. The theatre began formal construction in April, 2011. Under the guidance of the Maryland Histroical Trust, architects Cho Benn Holback & Associates, and Lewis Contractors, Everyman was able to clean and restore the historic neoclassical terra cotta and granite façade and maintained the architectural integrity of the building.

After over 5 years of preparation, construction and fundraising, the new Everyman opened this past winter with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, August: Osage County, which played to sold-out houses throughout its 6-week run. The season continued with hit productions of God of Carnage, Topdog/Underdog, and the current laugh-out-loud comedy The Beaux' Stratagem, which plays through June 30th.

Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a Resident Company of Artists from the Baltimore/ DC area. Founded in 1990 by Vincent Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone.

Vincent Lancisi is the Founding Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Ian Tresselt is the Managing Director. For more information about Everyman Theatre, visit www.everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208.

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