Historic New Home for Algoma Conservatory of Music.
For Immediate Release, November 2013 - The Algoma Conservatory of Music has acquired the historically designated General Administration Building at the former St. Mary's Paper Mill site, now known as Mill Square. This extraordinary sandstone structure was completed in 1901 by Francis H. Clergue as his North American headquarters. It will become the new home of the Algoma Conservatory in September 2014. It is located downtown on Huron Street about a two minute drive from Station Mall.
Building on its 42 year reputation of excellence, the Conservatory can now expand programs that were limited because of inadequate space. A Phase 1 Capital Campaign will be launched later this winter to fund the purchase and required renovations. This will establish one of the most distinctive music education centres in Canada, will assist in the redevelopment of the Canal District and Mill Square, and breathe a second century of life into this irreplaceable local landmark, establishing a music legacy for Sault Ste. Marie.
Featuring unique and elegant studios with soaring ceilings, massive oak framed windows, stained glass, slate roof and a picture perfect staircase, this is certainly one of the most remarkable buildings in Sault
Ste. Marie. Only minimal room alterations will be required, making it possible to preserve the heritage character. Renovations will bring the building up to code and will create a state-of-the-art music education and performance centre.
In addition to teaching studios the Conservatory will house an elegant performance space with outstanding acoustics and excellent sound, lights, projection and recording equipment. There will also be a reception/dining area and kitchen. This new venue will be perfect for the Conservatory's many smaller events and will be available for a wide range of community functions including concerts, films, business meetings and weddings. A perpetual parking easement will provide convenient free parking.
The Conservatory is the only building at Mill Square currently protected through a Canadian Historic Site designation. The community is fortunate that Blueforest Ventures Inc. took great effort to preserve all five of the historic sandstone buildings, the foundation for the site's re-invention as Mill Square, a vibrant mixed-use, urban village development founded on Algoma's natural wealth in arts and culture as well as the wilderness experience. The Conservatory is thrilled to be a part of this exciting new downtown development.
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