Circa ’21 receives prolonged overdue exterior restoration

For the very first time since Circa ’21 Supper Playhouse opened in 1977, the exterior of the historic theater is having a comprehensive restoration.

Very last week, staff from Davenport-primarily based E & H Restoration begun securing the brick and mortar, and terra cotta of the 101-yr-previous constructing at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

“We’ve carried out very little with that because Denny bought the creating in ’77,” Circa director of viewers progress Brett Hitchcock reported Tuesday of proprietor/producer Denny Hitchcock. “This undertaking has been in the functions for some time.”

Securing the brick, mortar and terra cotta features on the exterior of the 101-yr-old Circa ’21, May perhaps 10, 2022 (image by Jonathan Turner).

The operate will just take a couple months, including any brick and terra cotta substitution. Davenport-based Russell Design also will be replacing the substantial 2nd-flooring windows, which are incredibly old and have been leaking air, Brett Hitchcock claimed.

“They’re not electrical power-economical,” he reported. “We have to be aware that the constructing is on the Countrywide Register. We’ll be careful in how we replace them. Russell will be performing with the condition, maintaining the glimpse of the constructing the same. Which is also a venture that we’ve essential to do for rather some time.”

Even even though E & H is working with a tall crane, they’ve been really fantastic in building guaranteed tour buses and clients have obtain to the theater entrance, Hitchcock reported.

Designed by the Rock Island business of Cervin & Horn and the Chicago organization of Brawn & Ermling in 1919 and 1920, Circa (formerly the Fort Armstrong Theatre) is a a few-story Art Deco-style constructing confronted with Indian crimson brick and polychrome terra cotta.

The terra cotta was created exclusively for the theater by Rudolph Sandberg and produced by the Midland Terra Cotta Organization of Chicago. The Fort Armstrong Theatre originally opened Jan. 19, 1921 at the peak of the silent-movie era, with a seating ability of 1,566.

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