The luster has been restored.
It took a lot of tricky function and fundraising, but a team of volunteers from the Erie Masonic Temple Preservation Basis are near to completing renovations on the building, which was designed in 1909 and opened a yr later on at 32 W. Eighth St. In September it was awarded placement on the Nationwide Sign-up of Historic Areas by the Nationwide Park Assistance.
The renovations started in November 2019. The organization lifted $70,000 and obtained a matching Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority grant. The team also been given a Metropolis of Erie grant of $7,500 for the facade.
Considerably of the building’s interior has been repainted, and a new kitchen area is currently being installed in the basement and will be operated by Cali’s West Catering. New LED lights have been put in the pendant fixtures in the fourth floor Lodge Place and 2nd flooring Grand Ballroom. The building’s electrical assistance was also upgraded.
The 6-tale making gives business space on the second, 3rd, fifth and sixth floors, 80% of which is occupied. It also has six retail spaces on the ground flooring. A new business, the Purrista Cat Cafe, hopes to open afterwards this yr or early in 2022.
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The building could not host weddings or other features for the duration of the top of the pandemic.
“It was the fantastic time to commence renovations,” reported Kraus. “We experienced a constant team of eight individuals that arrived on a standard foundation to help.”
Activities resumed at the creating when it hosted a wedding on July 31. A murder thriller dinner theater, “Mid-Evil Faire Mayhem” will be carried out by the In-All-Seriousness Troupe as a fundraiser in the Grand Ballroom on Oct. 30.
“We would like to preserve this building for long term generations,” reported Bill Rabbitt, chairman of the Erie Masonic Temple Preservation Basis. “This constructing has been a meeting location for banquets and proms and weddings and we would like to continue that tradition. We are hoping the renovations will appeal to far more people.”
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