Willett Hall
Portsmouth, Virginia

Willett Hall was built in the mid-sixties as a high school auditorium intended for extensive community use. Although the high school was demolished, the auditorium remains and has served continuously as a stand-alone venue since the 1980s. Owned and operated by the City of Portsmouth, the building suffers from years of deferred maintenance and hard use. The City wanted to know what it would take to bring the facility back up to par. Nextstage Design conducted a detailed assessment of the building and theater equipment which provides the owners with an itemized list of improvements needed to bring the building up to modern standards as a presenting venue for the region.

Institution
City of Portsmouth

Design Architect
The Livas Group

Construction Type
Renovation

Square Feet
56,500

Cost
TBD

Completion
2015 (study)

Users
Tidewater Winds Concert Band
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Concert series
Touring and locally produced plays and musicals
Rentals

Spaces
2,000-seat multipurpose theater

Photo: © Nextstage Design

 

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