Emery Center renovation underway as The Children’s Theatre plots purchase of historic concert hall

CINCINNATI — Construction on The Emery Center, one of downtown Cincinnati’s most historic buildings, could start in 2021. The Emery Center, which sits on Central Parkway between Walnut and Clay Streets, is currently made up of 59 apartments, Coffee Emporium, office space, and a long-dormant theater.

The apartments will be renovated in phases starting in January, but the theater’s $30 million renovation will take longer by up to the three and a half years, according to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

“In real estate, we call it ‘bricks and mortar,’ said the building’s new co-owner, Chris Frutkin. “Well, there’s a lot of bricks and mortar in this building. It just goes on and on and on, [there are] whole rooms we had no idea existed.”

Emery Theatre from stage

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The Emery Theatre will require about $30 million in renovations before it becomes the home of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Frutkin, of City Center Properties, and longtime developer Dave Neyer bought the historic building in 2019 for $8.55 million. They bought the building from the University of Cincinnati, which had owned it since 1969.

Original, handwritten building drawings came with the purchase of the Emery. The building was designed by Samuel Hannaford, the artist who designed and built both Music Hall and Cincinnati City Hall.

“These are ink on Irish linen and incredible works of art on their own,” Frutkin said. They now live in his office several blocks away on Main Street.

Emery Theatre drawings

Chris Frutkin

Original Samuel Hannaford drawings of the Emery Theatre. Provided.

The Emery Center was build in 1911 as the Ohio Mechanics Institute, a trade school that would eventually merge into UC’s applied science and engineering college.

The crown jewel of the building was the ‘acoustically pure’ theater built to house the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

“Mary Emery allegedly said

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Salt Lake Temple renovation reaches ‘hardest stage’ with work on foundation underway

SALT LAKE CITY — Temple Square already looks vastly different than it did nine months ago when crews began the massive Salt Lake Temple renovation project.

Gone are the majority of temple add-ons constructed in the 1960s, such as the north side entrance, chapel and sealing room addition, and nearly all objects that were located in the space north and south of the temple. Other buildings, such as the South Visitors’ Center, were demolished in January.

There’s also a large pit surrounding the historic structure after crews created a retaining wall around it as they work to strengthen the temple’s foundation.

“The next stage is probably the hardest, where we work on strengthening the foundation by adding to the foundation,” said Andy Kirby, director of historic temple renovations for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a video released by the church Sunday.

The story of the temple’s foundation

While crews work on shoring up the building for seismic activity, they also get an up-close view of the temple’s foundation. It’s the first time a majority of the foundation has been visible since additions were constructed more than 50 years ago.

The history of that foundation is about as unique as the temple’s entire construction story — a structure that took 40 years to complete after its 1853 groundbreaking ceremony.

The location of the temple itself was set aside on July 28, 1847, just four days after pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley. The groundbreaking happened in 1853 with the cornerstones laid on April 6, 1853, as a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ spring general conference.

A recap of the ceremony was recorded in an edition of the Deseret News published 10 days later. The ceremony included talks, prayers and music as the

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Volusia Parade of Homes underway

a person standing in front of a house: Michelle Llanos of ICI Homes stands in front of the model home at Verona Oceanside in Ormond-by-the-Sea on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Verona is the featured Showcase Community in this year's Volusia Parade of Homes which began Sept. 26 and runs through this Sunday, Oct. 4.

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Michelle Llanos of ICI Homes stands in front of the model home at Verona Oceanside in Ormond-by-the-Sea on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Verona is the featured Showcase Community in this year’s Volusia Parade of Homes which began Sept. 26 and runs through this Sunday, Oct. 4.

DAYTONA BEACH — The Volusia Building Industry Association quietly kicked off its annual Volusia Parade of Homes event this past weekend six months after it was originally scheduled.

The delay was caused by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

The nine-day event, which features more than 50 entries by area home builders throughout Volusia County, runs through this Sunday.


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While September is usually considered one of the slower months of the year for home sales, local builders appeared pleased with the turnout for the Parade’s opening weekend, said Laura Perkins, the association’s executive director.

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And to be clear, there is nothing usual or normal about this year with the COVID-19 crisis still going on.

“Nothing is the same. There’s no measurements with what’s going on this year,” said Perkins. “The builders seem optimistic. They’re busier than ever.”

Michelle Llanos, director of sales training and strategies for ICI Homes, said her company’s model home at the new Verona Oceanside community in Ormond-by-the-Sea had nearly 200 visitors during the Parade’s opening weekend.

“We had three people interested in purchasing,” she added.

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The Builders Home & Remodeling Show is underway

With 70,000 square feet available, this show offers plenty of space to stay socially distant.

ST. LOUIS — The Builders Home & Remodeling Show is underway. Doors opened at 10 a.m. today at the St. Charles Convention Center.

This is a great place to check out if you’re planning some fall and winter projects this year.

With 70,000 square feet available, this show offers plenty of space to stay socially distant.

The Builders Home & Remodeling Show runs from September 25 – 27, 2020. The hours for Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the hours for Sunday are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It takes place at the St. Charles Convention Center, which is located at One Convention Center Plaza in Saint Charles, Mo. For more information, call (314) 994-7700 or visit stlhomeshow.com/HomeRemodeling.



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