PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After 35 years, the famous Benedum Center Marquees in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District are getting an upgrade.
The crews upgrade the marquee on 7th Street and the Stanley Photoplay board on Penn Avenue.
The aim is to increase functionality and reduce energy consumption.
Both signs maintain a “classic” look as the Benedum Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The challenge is to fix the degradation of the marquee,” said architect Alan Hohlfelder. “And make sure it can be restored in the same way you see it now. It requires a lot of custom metalwork and the integration of updated displays. We will match the style and colors of the original sign.”
The project is funded by a $1 million pledge from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.
The restoration is expected to be complete in the fall, in time for the 35th anniversary of the Stanley Theater’s reopening as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.
https://www.cbsnews.com/pittsburgh/news/pittsburgh-cultural-trust-benedum-center-marquee-makeover/ The historical marquees of the Benedum Center are being redesigned