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Marshall Advisor and Chronicle (Newspaper) - May 2, 2015, Marshall, MichiganRefreshing The Franke will improve entire building By John Sherwood and Mary llnslcy Young Ufestxie Efiuor Work has been under way since early sf>ring lo give The PVanke Center for the Arts a bright new face. Hefresh the Franke is the working title of the ongoing effort that will transform the interior appearance ol this coííifTíuntty landmark by Sept. I. Construction work began in March, to revamp the center's lower-level nteeting area, but the overall project will be a lop-tí)-bottom tcn-ovation. “The goal is to raise tlie level i)f audience comfort and pleasure and lo enhance the economic viability of Calhoun C’ouniy and its surrounding area.” said Patty W illiams, the center's cxcc-uftve director. PrcK'ceds from the upcoming “l-ranke-ly l.xtra-Ordinary” fund-rat ser will be tlireeled it>ward (fte project which is intended lo enhance the center’s ability to he a substantial, practical conlribuli)r lo the community’s economic growth. “We want more people to discover how much fun we have here,” Williams said. “Over the years, we've learned that we already have a gum. All it needs is a bit of extra jxilishing,” To do that, crews arc working to: •Transform the lower level into a muiti-use the-ater/conccri/mccting space. •Raise liie h)wer-leve! ceiling to its original heiglit of 12 tect. •Redecorate th<’ main theater using an historically accurate color palette. •Install new caipciing in Refreshmg fact: These original auditorium windows will go from opaque to being back-fit. Refreshing fact: The auditorium at The Franke Center for the Arts will be returned to its original arts and crafts color palette. high-traffic areas ihrough-oul the .structure. •Make improvements to the building’s healing and C(H)ling systems. •Upgrade the lighting and sound systems. “Fortunately, we've been able to scht'dule some of the work .so it diwsn’t conflicH with the meeting times of the community service groups that gather at the Franke,” Williams said. “A great ileal of the carpcuiiry work is being prepared off- Watching the Tigers After open-heart surger^^-^ the simple things mean more. site and then installed when the center is not in public use.” Restrooms in the lower level also are being renovated and upgraded. During that work, the rcstrmim in the iipfXT-level lobby will be available for use. Williams praised the efforts of community volunteers who have come lor-ward to select the center's new décor lo conform appropriately with the 1920s-era building’s tiistoric integrity. lA'ading this aspect of the refresh efforts is Patrice Marquardt, design ciX)rdinator. “We wouldn't be able to do this without that level of support.” Williams said. “We're gratelul to each and every one of thenu” One of current volunteers, 7bm Franke, has been involved withqhe center since it was “saved” in 2002. Currently, he is chair of the .fund-raising committee. Ibm can be found daily in the ceiiiei’s board nxim, w tiimg letters of solicitation to individuals and preparing grants for review by foundations. “I tiX)k forward to attending a concert in the refreshed auditorium with its new palette,” Tom said. “Ihis building was built in the arts and crafts style, and we are finally able to correctly reflect its unique history,” he added. Theatre performers and tech people are also Itxiking forward to having their space refreshed. 7b increase compatibility with the newly installed .sound system*, the operating board will be moved to die audito rium. “I'hc lighting system is getting a complete overhaul,” explains Tom. “All the lights will be LhD and operated from a new slale-of-thc-art btH)lh just behind the last row' of the balcony.” The restructuring of the sound and light bi)oths has Continued next page r r COT COLD? WE BUY! Precious metals are at an all time high! WE ALSO BUY... • Coins • Jewelry • Bullion • Scrap • Flatware • Rings, Etc, (r rj 117 U/e9l Michigaii, Mcratall 269-789 2345 ^LOUIE’S BAKERY <t Sciftcfi “I love going to Detroit Tiger games, but I started getting tired and winded just climbing the bleachers. When I found out it was my heart, and I needed surgery, I was really afraid—until I met the Allegiance open-heart team They gave me absolute confidence and took great care of me. I am so glad to be well and back at the ballpark!" - Diana Pitts Bring home some Louie^s -(P To learn more about Allegiance Health's Heart and Vascular Services, or to read more stories from patients like Diana, visit AllegianceHealth.org/Heart. \^A W. Mii-higan .Avc., Marsh; 269-781-3542 *■ •

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