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Demolition on the West Wing of Auburn’s Great Falls Arts Center
Demolition on the West Wing of Auburn’s Great Falls Arts Center

Demolition on the west wing of Auburn’s Great Falls Arts Center, the home of L/A Community Little Theatre, began on Tuesday. The historic former Edward Little High School building, on the corner of Academy and High Streets, is also home to ELHS’s drama club, Camp of Rock’s summer program, and two other local businesses. The brick building, built in the 1870s, is owned by the City of Auburn and leased to CLT for the next 99 years.

Preparation work for the demolition on just one side of the building, which continues in earnest on Wednesday, has been underway for weeks. The work for the city and CLT has been coordinated by Joy and Hamilton Architects, under the leadership of Bill Hamilton.

"The project has remained on schedule with no unexpected surprises," said Hamilton who has been on site every day since the work began, "The contractor for the project is St. Laurent & Son Excavating of Lewiston, and they have been great to work with."

The contractor estimates that it will take another five to eight days to complete the demolition. Renovations and improvements to the remaining side of the building are underway and will continue well into the coming months and years.

According to Community Little Theatre’s artistic director, Mitch Thomas, the Box Office will remain open and rehearsals for the company’s next musical production in April, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", are taking place daily.

"We are all business as usual and auditions for our June production will be held next Sunday and Tuesday right here at the theatre," said Thomas, "This place has been our home for 72 years and, as we look forward to many more years in the same spot, it’s an exciting time for all of us in the local arts community!"

 

 

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