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Dock Street Theater

The first building in America designed specifically for use as a theatre, this structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on june 19th 1973. Construction was completed in 1736 and the first show performed on the dock street stage took place February 12th, 1736. As well, the first opera performance, Flora, to ever take place in America was performed on the Historic dock Street Theatre stage. Built solely for theatrical performances, the shows began to dwindle and thus the use was altered and served for an expanse as a hotel during the 1800’s. Known as the Planter’s Inn, the structure was frequented by the most prestigious guests of the era including Junius Brutus Booth, father of John Wilkes Booth. Neglect led to its decay throughout the 1900’s until the city established the funds and the means to return this critical component of American heritage to its previous state. The city of Charleston closed Dock Street Theatre in June of 2007 to begin a 3 year $19 million dollar restoration project. Conducted by Evans & Schmidt Architects, the renovations consisted of a complete interior restoration utilizing salvaged and restored historic materials as well as extensive structural and stability retrofitting. The intensive restoration work was completed and the theatre re-opened on March 18th, 2010. All Interior Plaster Flat Work and Decorative Work as well as the Exterior Stucco was completed by Dillon Construction Srvcs.

Charleston
South Carolina

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