Current Update, as of November 2017:
Front Facade of the Annex is Complete. 2014
New heat and electric service have been installed in the main theater. 2015
2016 Work includes:
Our Wurlitzer Pipe Organ has been donated back to the theater and is being restored and reinstalled. As of 2/17/17 we are about 3/4 complete.
Ballroom 1 is being cleaned, walls painted and floors refinished. This is about done and the ceiling and staircases are next. 1/31/16 Made possible by the PNC Charitable Trusts. More work is planned for 2018.
New stage floor was donated and installed by Byers Concrete, Jonathan Byers 740-632-8160. As of 12/31/16. This is just the floor not the entire stage, flyloft, dressing room area.
Pending Funding Plaster Restoration of the main theater ceiling and walls is in the first of 3 phases, this phase includes determination of what can be saved, what will be rebuilt and all the plaster decorative elements that are needed. Estimated cost including architectural work is $1,130,000. As of 2/17/17
Front facade lower portion will be worked on fall 2017, including the area around the front doors and the 125 S 4th Annex Bldg.
Thank you to the JC Williams Trust; the Charles M Pugliese and Thelma M Pugliese Charitable Trust; Macy's and several individual donors for the Grants and donations that made the lobby restoration, office restoration and Front Facade restorations possible!
Thank you to Nelson Fine Art and Gifts for replacing our sign plastics with beautiful new signs.
Thanks to TS Electric and the membership of the IBEW for providing the electrical upgrade to the Office and Lobby and HVAC.
Thanks to Apex Landfill for allowing us to dispose of debris!
Thanks to Apollo Pro Cleaning for the donated mold remediation in the lobby and office. Air Excellence also donated to this clean up!
And thank you to YC Construction for repairing the walls and ceiling in the Lobby!
Here is a 1925 photo of the original facade this is our goal:
1949 Dave Barnhouse "A Grand Night in Steubenville"
The overall mission of this
project is to save, restore and promote historic downtown
The restoration committee
has spent considerable time and discussion on how the Grand will fit in with the
use of the two existing auditorium facilities downtown, those being the
The main auditorium is and
will be unique and very ornate. It is also a destination that will attract
a lot of attention as a performing arts center. Both of these other
auditoriums have been discussed several times, and together with the Grand can
be used for many events. We all agree that we have other
space but we have nothing like the Grand.
When the Fort was proposed,
many brought forward the same argumentsÖ.we can't afford it, we have enough
....and so the story went. But look at what folks have done. A lot
of vision for the future, fund raising, hard work, craftsmanship, dedication,
etc went forth and today folks from far and wide come to see Fort Steuben!
We take a lot of pride in the Fort and many come to tour, and even more to
enjoy the park every Thursday during the summer concerts, the annual festival in
June and many other special times throughout the year.
We think it is way past time
that we hold dear our history instead of always being so quick to tear things
down. Think of the railroad
station, Stanton's home, the ornate Capitol and
We, who have a vision for
the Grand, see the same end result. In addition, many businesses have come
forward with donations and the promise that "if we build it, they will
come"....we hope you will too.