Worcester’s historic Memorial Auditorium to be sold and redeveloped

Posted on: May 29, 2019

The city of Worcester, Massachusetts “has reached an agreement with the Architectural Heritage Foundation for the sale and redevelopment of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium,” writes Nick Kotsopoulos in Thursday’s (5/23) Telegram and Gazette (Worcester, Mass.). Among the musical ensembles that previously performed there are the Worcester Orchestra and Boston Pops. “The Boston-based historic preservation group will purchase the historic city-owned building for $450,000 and projects investing a total of $94 million in redeveloping it…. The plan calls for the rehabilitation and restoration of the auditorium into an innovative digital technology, arts and education center. It will also provide a forum for state-of-the-art commercial entertainment and an incubator for business entrepreneurs involved in the 21st-century digital media industry…. AHF will recognize the cultural, institutional and commercial users in the surrounding area and the historic nature of the auditorium…. The agreement with AHF lays out a path to a closing in two years…. Worcester Memorial Auditorium was built in 1933 [and] is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of an Institutional District. It has three distinct sections: main foyer/Memorial Hall, main auditorium and Little Theatre…. The Classical Revival building …  has been vacant since 1999.”

Posted May 29, 2019