A plan is being developed to renovate the historic Ticonderoga High School auditorium.
The town of Ticonderoga is home to 12 buildings listed on the National Historic Registry.
Among these buildings is Ticonderoga High School. The Colonial Revival structure was designed in 1928 by New York Architects.
“It’s one of the finest and most complete schools built in the late 1920s in the state,” according to the New York State Office of Historic Preservation.
Within the high school lies a 600-seat auditorium. Virtually untouched since construction, a group of Ticonderoga residents are now paving the way for a future renovation.
The ultimate vision for the auditorium is to offer a year around community space for performing arts events and presentations.
“Once restored, the auditorium will be a major asset to serving both the school district and the entire community as a performing arts facility and public assembly space,” said architect John G. Waite.
Before the project can begin, a feasibility study must be completed. The study is estimated to cost $10,000 and will include estimates to restore the period lighting, architectural windows, determine historically accurate paint colors and flooring for the auditorium, as well as develop plans to install air conditioning and make the seating more comfortable.
Janet Mallon, whose family has donated $1,500 toward the feasibility study, has been headlining the vision of the project since day one. The retired Ti teacher serves as chair of the auditorium renovation effort.
“After the study is done, the project will be divided into multiple stages,” Mallon said. “We are hoping to fund the actual renovation with grants and private monies. We are graciously accepting tax deductible contributions to Ticonderoga Central Schools, and in the memo please note that this is for the Auditorium Feasibility Study/Renovation. The school district address in 5 Calkins Place, Ticonderoga, NY 12883. Any amount is appreciated, and of course, the larger the amount, the quicker we can get started on this long overdue project.”
“Without Janet Mallon, we’d be way behind,” said Ticonderoga Superintendent John McDonald.
The auditorium is said to have great acoustics to go along with its decorative brass, projection room and original wooden seats. Due to their historical significance the chairs will not be replaced but most likely be tailored with cushions to make them more comfortable.
“The high school auditorium is one of the nicest of its kind in the North Country and the residents in the community should be proud to support such a facility,” said McDonald.
Anyone interested in making a donation of any kind should contact Janet Mallon at 547-8996.