2014 / Reinventing the Broadway Theatre

Rebecca Ward
The Richard L. Blinder Award for Architecture Fellow
Reinventing the Broadway Theatre in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

ReinventionMs. Ward will conduct a site assessment and create an action plan for the now vacant Broadway Theater, a historic vaudeville theater that opened in 1921 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Following the completion of a site assessment, Ms. Ward will engage the local community in their vision for the future of the theater, hoping to create a major catalytic impact on the downtown’s revitalization, restoring a sense of place. Ms. Ward’s project will serve to promote the theater’s reuse to town officials while serving as a guide to aid other small towns across the country in their efforts to save their empty downtown theatre buildings, bringing life back into historic commercial districts.