The funds will be used to make repairs to Broadbeck Music Hall.
Frederick, Md (KM) A $25,000 grant has been awarded to Hood College by the Delaplaine Foundation. .The money will be used to repair and renovate Broadbeck Music Hall which was damaged by a lightning strike and fire in September, 2021.
The College says the funds will be used to make repairs and maintain the historical integrity of the structure which was constructed in 1868, which makes Broadbeck the oldest building on campus. .
Hood says this money will also bridge the gap between what insurance will cover from the fire, and the cost of updating the building to modern standards.
Some of the planned improvements include an expansion of the classrooms and offices, restoration of the main concert hall and stage, and improved accessibility through ramps and elevators. The College also says it will make Broadbeck Music Hall an inviting place for events and classes on the Hood campus.
The renovation will also add a large, modern practice space for Hood College’s student music ensembles.
“Delaplaine Foundation is happy to support the restoration and renovation of Broadbeck Music Hall at Hood College, as this grant has three areas of focus within our mission for community enrichment: the Arts and Culture, Education, and Historical Preservation,” says Marlene Grossnickle Young, President of the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc, in a statement. “It’s wonderfully exciting to see how literally out of the ashes of the fire in 2021, the oldest building on campus will arise a grand, four-story restoration that will enhance campus capabilities to better serve students as well as the community at large.”
Young is a Hood alum.
By Kevin McManus