[Source: Barbara Stocklin, Historic Preservation Officer, City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office, Parks and Recreation Department, and Office of Arts and Culture continue to collaborate on completing the rehabilitation of the 1922 Memorial Hall as a public performing space. The project is funded by miscellaneous bond funds, state Heritage Fund grant, and National Save America’s Treasures grant.
The original wood floors are nearly fully restored, the restored pressed metal ceiling is now completely repaired and painted, and the rehabilitated wooden mezzanine chairs are set to be installed the week of May 19. A new glass rail was recently installed at mezzanine level for code and safety reasons. The exterior rehabilitation of the building is nearing completion as well. The finish-out of the basement as a prep space for performers is the major work item still awaiting completion. The building is set to open to the public in late summer/early fall 2008.