Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Opens its New Space

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The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company hosted an Empty Theater Party to showcase its vision for a new 250-seat “Modern Globe” theater in downtown Baltimore.  (Watch the video above about the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company to learn more.) Over 150 guests toured the CSC’s new space located at the historic Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company at 17 South Calvert Street.  Before renovations begin, guests were given a special preview including a presentation by the architects of the project,  Cho Benn Holback + Associates, Inc.

George Holback of architecture firm Cho Benn Holback gives a presentation on the design for Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s new indoor home at the historic Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building in downtown Baltimore.
George Holback of architecture firm Cho Benn Holback gives a presentation on the design for Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s new indoor home at the historic Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building in downtown Baltimore.

The public is invited to get a first glimpse of this space at a public open house on Sunday, February 24, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

The Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building was constructed in 1885 and is one of Baltimore’s more notable architectural landmarks. The building’s impressive interior houses a substantial mezzanine, elaborate and colorful carved ceiling, and Corinthian columns.  The award winning architecture firm Cho Benn Holback is working with CSC to incorporate these beautiful features into a modern-day Globe in downtown Baltimore.

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will transform the historic Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building in downtown Baltimore into a vibrant cultural center for the entire region. With energetic performances of Shakespeare and other classics, innovative educational programming for students city wide, school matinees for students across the state of Maryland, and community events for our neighbors and friends, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s new theater and educational center will help energize and re-invigorate the arts community as well as the downtown Baltimore community.

 

 



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  1. This is going to be such a great addition to Calvert Street downtown. Especially with the apartment conversions that will be happening up the street! On a side note, is CSC changing the street address to 17 S Calvert from 202 E Redwood, because they think people don’t know where Redwood
    Street is?

  2. We are thrilled to share our vision for our new indoor home in Baltimore. CB, you bring up a very good question. The original front facade of the building facing Redwood will remain intact, along with the gorgeous front doors; however, the main entrance for patrons to enter the building will be on the Calvert Street. This arrangement allows the thrust stage to be nestled between the three sided mezzanine (the front doors will actually open to the backstage area).

    The Calvert Street address also make it easier for patrons to locate the correct entrance to the space.

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