Rutland, Vermont, a city of nearly 17,000 people, is located in the central part of the state and emerged at the beginning of the 20th century as a major railroad center. It has a unique mix of commercial operations, complemented by the cultural offerings of the 838-seat Paramount Theatre, built in 1914 and restored in 2000 as a premier performing arts center.
Paramount Theatre, City of Rutland, and Castleton State College will collaborate on the design for the renovation of the historic Richardson Building as a multi-use performance space. This will provide Paramount Theatre with the opportunity to present intimate plays and musicals, workshop productions of new works, and small classical concerts in a flexible 150- to 200-seat performance space. The designs will include space for rehearsals and classrooms that will complement the formal Paramount Theatre presenting hall located next to the Richardson Building, and provide Castleton State College with classroom space for its arts education and performance disciplines. The local design firm NBF Architects has been engaged to complete the design drawings. Once complete, the new space will feature 70 shows in addition to the 130 at the main presenting hall, with an anticipated additional audience of 10,500.