Williams promises Stage Center's history will be reflected as part of the new development that will take its place. He also is working with several local organizations on plans to identify and salvage portions of the building to be used as part of a future commemoration of the property.
Stage Center, originally known as
City leaders, however, were unhappy with Johansen's brutalist design, which called for a building turned inside out.
The theater opened in 1970 to international acclaim for the design, but inadequate funding for operations and a less than enthusiastic response by locals led to the demise of Mummers just a year after the theater opened. The building has had a series of tenants since, was closed in the late 1990s, and closed again for good after it was flooded in 2010.
Protests by architects and preservationists failed to stop Williams from winning approval from the Downtown Design Review Committee to clear the site and build a 14- to 16-story story tower that will become the new headquarters for
"Commemorating Stage Center and its architect are extremely important to us," Williams said. "We have been working with
Blackburn has advised Williams to use the
Williams has yet to announce an architect for the project or release designs for the development. Conceptual building model renderings were provided to the city in January, but they only show proposed layout of the development.
Williams confirmed last month he hired
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