In keeping with client goals to create enhanced theater arts and community education opportunities, ESa is currently providing planning, programming and design services for the renovation and expansion of the Victorian-era Giles County Cultural Arts Center, also known as the Pulaski Opera House. The design team has developed a strategy for structurally reinforcing the building to combat disrepair and previous ﬁre damage, while maintaining the building’s original character.
Recently selected as one of the 10 most endangered structures in the state by the Tennessee Preservation Trust, the opera house was originally completed in 1868 in an effort to revitalize the economy following the Civil War. Exterior façade renovation/refurbishment will include returning the structure to its earliest known condition; new additions will include historic and contextually sensitive elements that both highlight the original structure and accommodate modern equipment and amenities.
Structural stabilization and refurbishment of the existing, three-story building includes the restoration of Antoinette Hall, which will be transformed into a 350-patron venue with a ribbon balcony for concerts, performances, special events, weddings, receptions and lectures. A new 450-seat performing arts theater addition with sloped ﬂoor seating and full balcony will also include pre-function and support spaces, back-of-house and rehearsal spaces and community arts education classrooms that will provide performance and administrative space for the Southern Tennessee Area Arts Repertory
(STAAR) theater troupe.