27 Jun 2017

The Dalles Civic Auditorium Establishes Fund with GCF

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The Gorge Community Foundation welcomes The Dalles Civic Auditorium Endowment to its list of designated fundholders.  The Civic Auditorium, completed in 1921 in the Beaux Arts Classic Revival style, harkens back to a golden age of civic architecture and the Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee is dedicated to preserving this cultural icon in the Gorge. The Civic is host to a variety of events, such as weddings, quinceaneras and trade shows. Restoration is an on-going labor of love, with over $3 million worth of materials and countless hours donated by architects, historians, contractors and volunteers.

The Civic’s theatre is currently undergoing a phased renovation.  Phase one is scheduled to finish by end of June.  This includes restoring the plaster ceiling, installing much-needed insulation and painting.  The next phase will launch as soon as funds allow.  This work would include restoring the stage and a new seating arrangement to accommodate access for all.

The Civic’s endowment fund at GCF will provide an ongoing source of funds for continued maintenance, ensuring that this landmark endures well into her second century.  “Once renovation is complete, we will have a state of the art regional facility for not only the citizens of The Dalles, but the entire Columbia River Gorge,” observed Dennis Morgan, president of the Civic’s board of directors.  “Long-term funding is key to our sustainability.”