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Hippodrome Performing Arts Center
N. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

See the following links for additional information:

Maryland Stadium Authority Project Page
Cinema Treasures
Hippodrome Foundation, Inc.
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

The original Hippodrome Theater building was designed by Thomas Lamb, and opened on November 23, 1914 with The Iron Masters on the screen and various vaudeville acts. It was constructed on the site of the old Eutaw House, a luxury hotel built in 1835. The 3,000 seat theater cost approximately $225,000. In 1931 it received a major facelift and impressive new marquee. Some of the entertainers that performed in the Hippodrome Theater include Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bob Hope, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, Martha Raye, Milton Berle, the Andrews Sisters, Morey Amsterdam, Benny Goodman, Dinah Shore, Jerry Lewis, the original Three Stooges - Ted Healy, Moe and Shemp Howard - and Red Skelton (1937), Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman (1939), and Frank Sinatra with the Harry James Orchestra (1939).The last live vaudeville act was Pee Wee King and the Cowboys on May 31, 1951. In 1963 it received another renovation that was considered unpleasant. The theater finally closed on August 19, 1990. The City of Baltimore and State of Maryland developed this project as the anchor for redevelopment of the surrounding area.

The original stage house was demolished for this project. BV Detailing provided the shop drawings of the primary framing, structural miscellaneous, and structural edge material for new construction including a stage house, interior loading dock, south lobby building, and north corridor between the existing Hippodrome Theater and Western National Bank buildings. Parametrics and CNC data were used extensively. Special attention was given to the erectability of framing immediately adjacent to the existing masonry structures. The erection plans were prepared in Autocad R14 directly from DXF output of the SDS/2 model. There were 391 24x36 shop and gather sheets prepared in SDS/2.

Approximate structural steel tonnage of new construction: 792

The project was completed in the Spring of 2004.

Steel Fabricator:
Steelfab, Inc. (Dublin, GA)
Ralph Garcia (Project Manager)
(478) 275-9777

Steel Erector and Construction Manager:
The Whiting Turner Contracting Company
Towson, Maryland

Structural Engineer of Record:
Morabito Consultants, Inc.
C. Mark Hood, P.E.
2526 St. Paul St. Baltimore, MD

Construction Architect:
John Requardt
(410) 685-3582

Maryland Stadium Authority

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, LLP
New York, New York /
Murphy & Dittenhafer
Baltimore, Maryland

Project Budget:
Estimated at $63 million


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