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February / March 2013

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Work to begin at T. Furth Center

Alums who remember when commencement ceremonies took place at Angola Christian Church might be happy to know the historic brick building is getting restoration work befitting the Greek Revival structure.

Renovation is under way on the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts. The renovation, expected to be completed in spring 2014, is in response to increasing student interest in the arts and music, and to establish a venue for large-scale productions, concerts and other events.

Inspired by the Wiener Musikverein concert hall in Vienna, the building will take on what has been described as a “wow look.” The 750-seat concert hall will feature gold detailing and a restored dome, marble statues, paintings, ornate chandeliers and three balconies.

A new balcony will be added across the east end, balconies on the north and south sides will be restored and a stage will be placed on the west end.

The second phase will bring an addition to the north and west sides of the building, moving the main entrance to the north end. The new entry will have a drive-up and portico, and will be barrier-free, enabling visitors to avoid steps and stay dry in the event of inclement weather.

The lower level will have room for classrooms and mechanical space. A freight elevator will make it possible to move instruments between the floors.

T. Furth Center for Performing Arts