Stambaugh Auditorium unveils completed staircase, facade renovation
The community celebrating Stambaugh completing restorations to the staircase and facade after the original structure stood for close to a century.
"It's the face of Stambaugh," said Matt Pagac, CEO of Stambaugh Auditorium to 21 News. "The front steps and what you see on 5th Ave. So, it means a lot to have this accomplished."
"Henry Stambaugh left a legacy years ago to create a space for the education, entertainment, enjoyment and pleasure of the community," said JoAnn Stock, Chief Development Officer of Stambaugh Auditorium. "It's up to us to make sure that mission is maintained."
Stock added all locally owned companies worked on the restorations.
"Now that Stambaugh is helping the symphony, helping the playhouse, we have a miniature Playhouse Square," said William Conti, Trustee Emeritus with Stambaugh Auditorium. "Now, people look at the entity of three and they will support it. It keeps the culture. It keeps the arts alive in Youngstown."
Funding and the pandemic were added hurdles to get the project up and running and eventually completed. The cost of the project was $4.1 million dollars.
"As a non-profit performing arts center, the funding for capital projects like this needs to be raised," Stock explained. "So, we were fortunate the project came in $1 million dollars under our estimated cost. We also received more than $1.3 million dollars from the state capital budget appropriation."
Stock said they raised the rest of the funds through local donations and generous gifts.
"We needed to know that we had the majority of the funding before we could even break ground on the project," Stock said.
The public was invited to walk the grand staircase for the very first time Tuesday.
"It is great to see so many people here from all over the community," Pagac said. "Stambaugh Auditorium has recited this kind of support for nearly 100 years, and it's great to see that it's still there."
"A lot of wish lists, a lot of help and you see it when you look at it, it looks like the day it was built," Conti added.
Stock told 21 News these restorations really mirror the original architecture of Stambaugh Auditorium. Their staff wanted to keep it as original and historic as possible to keep the true history of the building.
"We are on the National Register of Historic Places," Stock explained. "So, any renovations that we do needs to be in keeping with the original."
"Youngstown's on it's way back," said John Yerian, former board member of Stambaugh Auditorium. "We're just a piece of the puzzle and we're so proud and happy to be that piece."
Plans are underway to add a few more upgrades inside and outside Stambaugh Auditorium.
Stock told 21 News with a century year old building, there's always a project to work on.