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Hochstein looks forward to re-opening after renovations

Hoch perf hall 1999
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In July 2022 Hochstein began renovations of its performance hall. Here is what it looked like after the renovations in 1999.

If you've ever done serious home renovations, you probably know that there are often unexpected discoveries beneath the surface.

Hoch perf hall no seats
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For a building such as the Hochstein School that has over 100 years of history, once as a church, and included the home of Quaker abolitionists and connections to the Underground Railroad, it was no surprise when, after removing all the seats, two trap doors were discovered in the floor, giving access to space under the floor.

Hoch perf hall clouds down
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Another part of the preparation for renovation included taking down the large acoustic "clouds" that help direct the sound from the stage. Then there was a massive amount of scaffolding to be constructed before work could even begin.

Throughout this summer, construction workers have been hard at work re-casting decorative plaster work and re-painting the acanthus vine mural that is in the ceiling over the stage.

But according to Hochstein Operations Manager Randy Kemp, the work is on track to be complete in time for the opening of the school year.

Read the full story of the renovation process and see the photos of the work in progress.

Watch the video story produced by WROC-TV 8.