Everyman Theater

Everyman Theater: Baltimore, MD

This comprehensive renovation project restored the historic former Town Theatre into an intimate performing arts venue and new headquarters for Everyman Theatre, Baltimore’s second largest professional theatre company. As part of the city’s “West Side Renaissance”, the 1910 building, originally constructed as the Empire Theatre for vaudeville, was renovated as a performing arts venue with two theaters. The main 9,000-SF theater on the ground level has flexible seating for 250 patrons. The rehearsal space directly above the main theater was designed in the style of a black box theater. Additional spaces in the 33,000-SF building include scenery and costume shops, dressing rooms and green room, classrooms, and offices. A coffee and wine bar compliment the lobby and box office. The facade of the classic building was restored to its original grandeur with new glass openings, entryways and a marquee in line with the original design.  To reduce floor space needed for mechanical equipment, the system was designed to take advantage of district steam and chilled water for the heating and cooling sources. The district chilled water mains were previously routed through the existing structure, therefore making their continued use a practical decision. The air handling system was designed to achieve a NC-20 acoustical level in the theaters. The $18M project design followed the newly adopted Baltimore City Green Building Standards and received a two-star certification, or the equivalent of a LEED Silver rating.

Photos © Alan Gilbert

Architect: Cho Benn Holback + Associates Inc.

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