Ottumwa Theatre Facade Restoration

Ottumwa, IA

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Architecture Overview:

The Ottumwa Theatre has existed on Ottumwa’s Main Street for well over a century. The building, as it exists today, was built in 1941 after a fire destroyed the original structure. Designed in the art deco style, the primary materials included glazed terracotta, chrome accents, and steel storefront window and door frames. Curved surfaces and vertical lines accentuated the design. In the early 2000s was split into four smaller theaters, leaving little reference to the cavernous 1,500 seat auditorium that had originally existed in the building. After many renovations, the exterior of the building had been covered-over with a stark brick facade, burying the rich architectural heritage of the building. Facade improvements included a full terracotta restoration, a new marquee and vertical sign adapted from 1940s photos and drawings of the building, and restoration of all of the building’s exterior doors and windows.

  • CLIENT: Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation
  • COMPLETE: June 2016
    • Masonry Institute of Iowa - Best Use of Materials and Detailing - 2017
    • AIA Central States Region - Design Excellence - Honor Award in Historic Preservation - 2018
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