Eliot Hall Restoration
In 2014 we received a $25,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to conduct a full evaluation of our historic home, Eliot Hall. We were fortunate to work with a team from Platt Anderson Freeman Architects who are very experienced in historic buildings like ours. They studied every inch of our building and all of its systems to come up with a long-range plan to ensure the safety of the building, make the building accessible (including adding an elevator), improve energy and mechanical systems, and improve the overall audience experience.
The cost of all of this work was estimated at $3.3 million. In the last few years we have completed about $250,000 of that work.
The following is a list of current and recent restoration projects that we've been working on. Donations are still needed for any phase that is not completed.
PHASE 1: $186,330
Life Safety Systems Upgrades
Thank you to all of you who have supported our fundraising efforts to meet our Boston Fire Department mandates over the last couple of years. We completed our replacement of the sprinkler and emergency alarm systems in Eliot Hall in late 2016 at a cost of $165,000, with half of that paid by a Cultural Facilities Fund grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
PHASE 2: $80,000
Replace Theater Seats To Meet Fire Code
We have been raising funds to meet another urgent Fire Department mandate to replace all of our theater seats. Thanks to many of you, we are in the process of ordering the new seats to be installed by September of 2017. We are still accepting financial donations for this project through August of 2017. Anyone donating a combined total of $500 or more between October of 2015 through August of 2017 will be recognized on a group donor plaque in our building.
PHASE 3: $88,447
PHASE 4: $829,174
Accessibility (including elevator)
Accessibility has been a long-term goal for the club. With a price tag of over $900,000, it will take us some years to raise the funds, do the structural work necessary to stabilize the foundation, install an elevator, and construct a truly accessible exterior ramp to our building.
PHASE 5: $261,173
Building Envelope and Energy Improvements
PHASE 6: $476,008
PHASE 7: $136,783
Interior Finish Repairs
PHASE 8: $143,582
Electrical and Lighting Upgrades
PHASE 9: $319,921
Stage and Theater Improvements
PHASE 10: $685,358
Future Improvements and Endowment
If you prefer to make a gift with a check, please make it out to The Footlight Club noting that you would like to support the Restoration Fund. Checks may be mailed to:
The Footlight Club
7a Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130