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City heritage committee holds public meeting on performing arts centre design

The proposed design for the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

The public is invited to a consultation meeting at City Hall next Monday evening to provide input on the proposed design of the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Queen’s has applied to the Municipal Heritage Committee for permission to renovate and restore two stone structures known as the Stella Buck and the Stable Buildings at the J.K. Tett Complex (390 King Street West) as part of the new Centre.

The Centre will house a world-class concert hall, sound studio and recording facilities, a large lobby with exhibition space for local and regional artists, an art gallery, waterfront café, studio theatre, screening room and rehearsal hall.

The new complex also includes instructional space for the departments of music, art, film and media and drama that significantly improves facilities for students, faculty and staff. The space for the academic departments would be in the reconfigured interior of the Stella Buck and Stable (former Domino Theatre) buildings.

“We plan to restore the exterior of the buildings as they were when they were originally used as a brewery between 1831 and 1900,” says Ann Browne, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “The east and west walls of the Stella Buck and the north and east walls of the Stable will be preserved. Our architects have created a stunning façade that respects the history of the buildings and of Kingston. We are very excited to move forward.”

At the July 26 committee meeting, Ms Browne will make a presentation about the design and the restoration plan for the buildings. There will then be an opportunity for the public to ask questions and make comments. For more information, please visit the Committee’s webpage.

The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the second floor of City Hall.

“We are inviting the community and in particular, neighbouring residents to come and see the design and hear more about our plans,” says Ms Browne. “Queen’s is absolutely committed to maintaining the heritage aspects of the buildings while creating a thoroughly modern facility that will benefit the university community, city residents and attract people from far and wide.”

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will be a world-class teaching and performance venue for students, faculty and artists. It will enhance the teaching of the creative arts in one of the finest education facilities for the arts community that will promote collaborations among Queen’s and Kingston-area arts groups and encourage regional cultural tourism.


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