Circa ’21 gets long overdue exterior restoration

For the 1st time because Circa ’21 Meal Playhouse opened in 1977, the exterior of the historic theater is finding a thorough restoration.

Final week, personnel from Davenport-based mostly E & H Restoration started securing the brick and mortar, and terra cotta of the 101-year-outdated constructing at 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island.

“We’ve performed very little with that because Denny acquired the setting up in ’77,” Circa director of viewers enhancement Brett Hitchcock reported Tuesday of proprietor/producer Denny Hitchcock. “This challenge has been in the operates for some time.”

Securing the brick, mortar and terra cotta features on the exterior of the 101-12 months-outdated Circa ’21, Could 10, 2022 (photograph by Jonathan Turner).

The operate will get a couple months, like any brick and terra cotta substitute. Davenport-based Russell Development also will be replacing the massive second-flooring windows, which are really aged and have been leaking air, Brett Hitchcock reported.

“They’re not energy-productive,” he explained. “We have to be aware that the creating is on the National Sign up. We’ll be cautious in how we exchange them. Russell will be working with the state, holding the glimpse of the developing the very same. That’s also a project that we’ve wanted to do for rather some time.”

Even although E & H is doing work with a tall crane, they’ve been quite excellent in building certain tour buses and prospects have entry to the theater entrance, Hitchcock reported.

Created by the Rock Island organization of Cervin & Horn and the Chicago agency of Brawn & Ermling in 1919 and 1920, Circa (formerly the Fort Armstrong Theatre) is a 3-story Artwork Deco-fashion creating confronted with Indian purple brick and polychrome terra cotta.

The terra cotta was created exclusively for the theater by Rudolph Sandberg and developed by the Midland Terra Cotta Enterprise of Chicago. The Fort Armstrong Theatre at first opened Jan. 19, 1921 at the peak of the silent-film period, with a seating capacity of 1,566.

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