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Near the end of last year, students and alumni from the Harrington College of Design teamed up with the Chicago Dramatists for a unique competition: an opportunity to redesign the lobby and exterior space for a historic downtown theater!

On December 1st, a panel of professionals made up by members of Chicago Dramatists, Harrington College of Design and the West Town Chamber of Commerce selected the winning design based on its adherence to the Chicago Dramatists’ brand identity, use of finishes, fixtures and displays, and other considerations. The design competition was made possible through a grant from Chicago Community Trust, as a part of the Arts Engagement Exchange.

The winners of the competition were:

First place: Sarah Kuchar and Matt McGrane

Second place: Kristin Over, Arthur Garcia-Clemente, and Sheryl Schulze

Third place: Jennifer Lea and Momi Jahn

As winners of the competition, Harrington student Matthew McGrane and Harrington alumna Sarah Kuchar were honored with a cash prize of $750 and a plaque in the theatre lobby, along with the construction of their winning design.

Currently, the estimated date of completion for the interior construction will be ready for the Chicago Dramatists’ premiere production, BORDELLO, on February 4, 2011. The second phase of exterior renovation should wrap up in time for the opening of the final 2010-2011 production of HICKORYDICKORY in May. The construction budget for both interior and exterior improvements is approximately $13,500. 

Read tomorrow to see the 1st Place design work! Also, be sure to keep following the blog to see the renovation in-progress and final construction.

See all photos from the Jury event here!

Jury photos courtesy Peter Klick.

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With a mission to support Chicago’s playwrights and encourage innovative artistic partnerships, the Chicago Dramatists have been active in Chicago since their founding in 1979 by four playwrights. For its 32nd year anniversary, the Chicago Dramatists is sponsoring a competition with the Harrington College of Design Alumni Association to redesign its interior theatre lobby and exterior entryway. The design competition was made possible by a generous Arts Engagement Exchange grant from The Chicago Community Trust.

In October, eligible student teams from Harrington’s Interior Design program and Harrington Alumni visited the site and were briefed on the project, producing their submissions just one short month later in November. A panel of professionals made up by members of Chicago Dramatists, Harrington College of Design and the West Town Chamber of Commerce will select the winning design based on its adherence to the Chicago Dramatists’ brand identity, use of finishes, fixtures and displays, and other considerations. The winning design will be constructed and honored with a plaque in the theater lobby, as well as receive the first place cash prize of $750. The 2nd place design team will receive $250.

The historical building where Chicago Dramatists is located was originally erected as the Yondorf Block and Hall and in 1886 and designed by architect Fredrick W. Aschlager. Featuring a 77-seat theatre, a 1,000 square foot lobby and box office, two dressing rooms, two classroom/rehearsAl Halls, a reception area and lounge for the playwrights, and administrative offices, the Chicago Dramatists is visited by over 11,000 people each season. Chicago Dramatists’ goal is that the tangible design improvements will enhance and contribute to its patrons’ experiences and impressions of the theatre while also making the exterior facade more visible and identifiable.

Today, December 1, 2010, the top three designs will be honored at a recognition ceremony, and the designs will be displayed in the Chicago Dramatists’ lobby for the run of the 2011 world premiere productions. The 1st place winner will be announced this coming Friday, December 3, 2010!

Keep following the blog to see the top three designs and photos from the new renovations. Final construction of the design is expected to be complete and ready for the opening of the final 2010-2011 Chicago Dramatists’ production of HICKORYDICKORY in March of 2011!

About Chicago Dramatists:
Chicago Dramatists is a professional, not-for-profit theatre, dedicated to the development and advancement of playwrights and new plays. Founded over a quarter of a century ago in 1979, its mission is to discover, nurture, promote, and produce the plays and playwrights that will contribute to the American theatre repertory and enrich the lives of future audiences. Chicago Dramatists is a place where playwrights, theatre artists, audiences, producers, and donors join forces to build the theatre of the future. For more information visit www.chicagodramatists.org.

About The Chicago Community Trust:
The Chicago Community Trust is our region’s community foundation, built by generations of Chicagoans to support a safe, healthy and productive future for every resident.

Since 1915, generous donors have invested their charitable dollars with the Trust to be transformed, through careful stewardship and deep community knowledge, into positive local impact. In 2008 the Trust and its donors granted more than $100 million to sustain effective, innovative programs throughout metropolitan Chicago. Learn more at www.cct.org.

About the Harrington College of Design:
Established in 1931, Harrington College of Design seeks to foster an environment that maximizes students’ intellectual and artistic potential. Offering a master of interior design, Master of Arts in interior design, bachelor of fine arts in interior design, communication design, and commercial photography and an associate of applied sciences in interior design and digital photography, Harrington is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Harrington Alumni Association is active in mentoring current students, providing continuing education opportunities for graduates, and planning social and networking events for its members. The Alumni Association publishes a quarterly newsletter and recognizes a leader in the professional community annually with its Distinguished Alumni Award. For more information on Harrington College of Design visit www.harringtoncollege.com.

Yondorf Block & Hall photo courtesy Essential Architecture, Chicago Dramatists photo courtesy Arts America

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