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Ticonderoga auditorium renovation eyed

Old photos needed

The Ticonderoga High School auditorium hosts concerts, plays, ceremonies and other activities throughout the year. There are discussions about renovating the facility.

The Ticonderoga High School auditorium hosts concerts, plays, ceremonies and other activities throughout the year. There are discussions about renovating the facility. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Nearly a century old, the Ticonderoga High School auditorium needs a face lift.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to restore this historic landmark to its original grandeur?” asked Janet Mallon, a Ti Middle School teacher who is organizing an effort to restore the facility.

Ticonderoga High School was built in 1928-1930. It is a three-story, masonry neo-Georgian style building with a slate roof, concrete foundation and brick walls. It features a semi-circular portico with Corinthian order columns and a balustrade and a copper polygonal cupola.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

While there have been renovation and expansion projects at the school, the auditorium has remained virtually untouched since it was constructed.

“The lighting is dim; the slate blue paint sucks the light and life out of the ambiance,” Mallon said. “Some might not even realize that the light fixtures in the balcony are original. Sometimes the acoustics are not so great; the ventilation and temperature controls need updating; and the seats are not very comfortable.”

Mallon said any renovation project will be financed through donations and grants.

“This project will be funded through grants and donations, not through tax dollars,” she stressed.

The first step is determining the cost. To that end Mallon is seeking old photos that can be shared with an architect.

“I am in the process of getting a quote to have the Ticonderoga High School auditorium historically renovated to the beauty of the 1930s, but with the technical and comfort advantages of today,” Mallon explained. “One of the first steps to take is to get some photographs of the auditorium audience section and stage. I do not have any old photos of the high school auditorium and I desperately need some to show the architect. The architect can then proceed to come up with a quote for the project.”

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