Circa ’21 receives long overdue exterior restoration

For the initial time considering that Circa ’21 Supper Playhouse opened in 1977, the exterior of the historic theater is receiving a comprehensive restoration.

Past week, staff from Davenport-primarily based E & H Restoration begun securing the brick and mortar, and terra cotta of the 101-12 months-old building at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

“We’ve completed nothing at all with that because Denny acquired the building in ’77,” Circa director of viewers growth Brett Hitchcock claimed Tuesday of operator/producer Denny Hitchcock. “This undertaking has been in the works for some time.”

Securing the brick, mortar and terra cotta options on the exterior of the 101-year-previous Circa ’21, Might 10, 2022 (image by Jonathan Turner).

The operate will consider a couple months, including any brick and terra cotta alternative. Davenport-based mostly Russell Design also will be replacing the massive next-floor windows, which are quite previous and have been leaking air, Brett Hitchcock said.

“They’re not vitality-successful,” he explained. “We have to be mindful that the building is on the Countrywide Register. We’ll be very careful in how we exchange them. Russell will be operating with the condition, preserving the glimpse of the making the same. Which is also a challenge that we have wanted to do for quite some time.”

Even though E & H is functioning with a tall crane, they’ve been extremely excellent in making guaranteed tour buses and consumers have accessibility to the theater entrance, Hitchcock mentioned.

Developed by the Rock Island organization of Cervin & Horn and the Chicago company of Brawn & Ermling in 1919 and 1920, Circa (previously the Fort Armstrong Theatre) is a a few-tale Artwork Deco-design and style developing faced with Indian crimson brick and polychrome terra cotta.

The terra cotta was intended specially for the theater by Rudolph Sandberg and developed by the Midland Terra Cotta Organization of Chicago. The Fort Armstrong Theatre initially opened Jan. 19, 1921 at the height of the silent-motion picture period, with a seating capacity of 1,566.

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