The Little’s Historic Restoration Wins Landmark Society Award

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The Little’s Historic Restoration Wins Landmark Society Award

The Little has been awarded the 2020 “Barber Conable Award” by The Landmark Society of Western New York for its historic theater restoration project. 

According to The Landmark Society, the Barber Conable Award recognizes a large-scale rehabilitation of a historic building in our region completed within the past two years.

“Restoring The Little’s historic Theatre 1 to better represent its original Art Deco roots, while also adding vital modern amenities, is something that was tremendously important for us,” said Norm Silverstein, President of WXXI & The Little Theatre Film Society. “We’re honored that the hard work of our staff and so many others who shared this vision is being recognized with this prestigious award from The Landmark Society.”

The renovation of The Little’s Theatre 1, which opened in October 1929, restored missing features, and sensitively adapted interior spaces for modern use. The construction included new seats, a new stage, a reconfigured lobby/concessions area, along with the addition of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant features including an elevator/lift hybrid that makes all three floors accessible. 

The project was coordinated by Bero Architecture PLLC, with UDN Inc., general contractor.

The award’s namesake, Congressman Barber Conable, was the host of the WXXI program, “Speaking of Rochester.” The local series recorded in the late 1990s spotlighted interesting and inspiring Rochesterians.

The Landmark Society’s Annual Awards Ceremony, will be a live virtual event 3 p.m. Sunday, December 6. Required registration, along with award show details, are available at landmarksociety.org.