As part of the rebirth of Essanay, the North Façade of 1333 West Argyle St. containing the Centers For Early Film and Cultural Performance will be returned to its original configuration where possible, with brick cornices replaced, windows restored or replaced, and original entrances rebuilt. The west and east façades of the 1333 West Argyle St. building will be repaired and the south elevation will be reworked to reflect historic conditions, the windows will be replaced, and new openings will be created to support the new use of the building for its cultural programming.

Inside the Studio A/Charlie Chaplin Auditorium the large open space will be maintained and enhanced by the removal of all gypsum board partitions and other later modifications to the room.  The curved projection wall, which is not original to the period of significance but has an appeal and importance of its own due to its presence for film in the studio space, will be moved to the east wall of the space.

You can view renderings of the planned changes by clicking on the images below.

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