Eliot Hall Restoration

In 2019 we received a $190,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund to make Eliot Hall accessible to all our patrons. In Spring 2020, we will be able to break ground on a permanent ramp and lift system. We are fortunate to be working with a team from Platt Anderson Freeman Architects who are very experienced in historic buildings like ours. Their long-range plan for ensuring the safety of the building, improving energy and mechanical systems, and making the building accessible will ensure The Footlight Club’s impact on the Jamaica Plain community for years to come.

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

Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we were able to install new theatre seats that met an urgent Fire Department mandate in September of 2017. Audiences can now enjoy comfortable, safe seating while they enjoy our FLC productions.




PHASE 3: $88,447
Structural Repairs




PHASE 4: $829,174
Building Accessibility

Accessibility has been a long-term goal for the club. We are within nine months of breaking ground on a permanent ramp and lift system that will make the Club accessible to all our patrons. In the past 18 months, we have raised over $400,000 for this project, including an $190,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We still need to raise $325,000 to complete this effort, including structural repairs to the foundation.

·    If you are thinking about making your first gift, now is the time to make a gift in any amount. 

·    All gifts of $1,000 or more from now through the end of this campaign will be recognized on a special group plaque for Accessibility Advocates who helped us eliminate the obstacle of one stair. 

·    All gifts of $500 or more from now through the end of this campaign will be recognized on a group plaque for Building the Foundation for the Future. 




PHASE 5: $261,173
Building Envelope and Energy Improvements



PHASE 6: $476,008
Mechanical Upgrades



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
c/o Treasurer
7a Eliot Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130