300K of improvements to Mechanics Hall

Mechanics Hall a concert venue in Worcester, Ma is to undergo $300,000 in renovations.

The money will be used to restore the 1864 pipe organ. There will be repairs to the roof, the elevator shaft, the exterior walls and the windows.  The speaker system and amplifiers in the venue are 30 years old; funds will also be used to replace those.

The funds for the project came from the Stoddard Charitable Trust ($100,000), The George and Sybil Fuller Foundation ($75,000), and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Mass Development ($75,000). There are still other grant applications pending.

Mechanics Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Six US presidents including Roosevelt and Clinton spoke at this hall.  (Boston Business Journal).

The work is expected to begin early next year.