Preservation

Chapel Hall is a magnificent example of Greek Revival architecture. Its preservation serves as a tribute, not only to the fine quality of the architectural and aesthetic traditions of pre-Civil War America, but also a testament to the high priority that education was given by the citizens of that time. FSC is proud to continue to serve as a space where community, unity and education can thrive in Western Delaware County.

Part of the Franklin Stage Company’s dual mission is to preserve and maintain our magnificent home, Chapel Hall. From its beginnings, FSC has steadily chosen restoration projects to equally address safety, comfort and historic preservation, while continuing to provide an open public space with its theatrical and visual arts presentations and partnerships with the Franklin Farmers’ Market and community at large.

In the spirit of our mission, FSC has undertaken the following capital improvement projects:

  • 2002—Installation of air conditioning, opening of catwalk above the stage for lighting and set flexibility, and construction of new lobby
  • 2009—Repair, restoration and repainting of Chapel Hall’s facade—including 17 original windows, 2 doors and 5 massive columns, with funding from The 1772 Foundation. This work was executed by Redpoint Builders of Cherry Valley
  • 2009—Chapel Hall’s 80 foot porch floor, supports, and wood decorations at the base of the columns were all rebuilt with support from the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation. The work was completed by Cohen & Frazier Builders
  • 2010—Foundation, Stabilization and Drainage work with support from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation of Hobart, NY, the New York State Council on the Arts Capital Grants Program, and the Community Foundation for South Central New York. This project involved stabilization of the north wall stone foundation with new interior concrete buttresses, and exterior excavation and subsequent installation of a new perimeter drainage system, including exterior below-grade waterproofing and above-grade stone masonry repointing. The planning documents for this work, created by Restoration architect Kaitsen Woo, were funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (Architectural Planning and Design Program) and the John Ben Snow Foundation. The work was executed by Stevens Excavating of Otego, NY
  • 2013—Installation of a new standing seam tin roof through the support of NY State’s Main Street Program, administered by the Delaware County Local Development Corporation, Alexander C. & Tillie S. Speyer Foundation, and Mia Sarapociello & Brian Henson. Work was completed by Second Nature Construction of Delhi
  • 2017—Repair, wire and upgrade of actor dressing rooms providing new lighting, electrical improvements and makeup stations and costume storage. This upgrade was made possible by a grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and was completed by Cohen & Frazier builders
  • 2018—Installation of concrete slab in basement of Chapel Hall and construction of new rest room in basement. This work was made possible through the support of the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation of Hobart, NY, the John Ben Snow Foundation, the Delaware County Department of Economic Development and Community Foundation of South Central New York. Work was completed by Caveman Construction, LLC. Installation of new ADA ramp at Chapel Hall was made possible by the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation and completed by Georgia Construction LLC. Upgrades of electrical sub panels and new outlets in basement, backstage and on second floor of Chapel Hall were also performed by Georgia Construction.