Grand Opening of Roycroft Powerhouse Tonight | Events
A Statement Released by the Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC)
East Aurora NY - In 1910, it supplied power to an emerging community of artisans, craftsman and workers known as the Roycroft Campus. It endured over 100 years being used for many purposes until a fire almost destroyed any future use. It became the focus of public discussion and the goal of the Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC) to once again bring it back to its original structure. And on April 20th, the community is invited to celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly reconstructed Power House on the National Historic Landmark Roycroft Campus.
Since its purchase by the RCC in 2005, there has been fundraising, planning and building, with the anticipation of completing this venture. It is with great excitement to all involved to be able to open its doors to the community for expanded educational programming, new classes and workshops in creative and performing arts for all ages, hands-on opportunities for tour groups and an exciting state-of-the art rental venue.
“We are inviting everyone in the community to join us in celebrating the successful reconstruction and opening of the magnificent building,” states Christine Peters, Executive Director of the RCC. “It has truly been a 100% collaboration of the RCC, the East Aurora Community and our supporters near and far. We hope everyone will join to see the results of all the efforts.”
The Grand Opening will kick-off on Friday April 20th at 7 pm when the doors will be opened for everyone in the community to join in for a real Power House Party. The evening will include live music provided by Part III, a cash bar and tours of the newly reconstructed building.
And then on Saturday April 21st from 1-4 pm, there will be an Open House including tours of East Aurora’s newest center for creative education, information about upcoming classes and workshops, and the opportunity for people to explore the possibility of renting the Power House for their own special event.
The “New” Power House has retained the exterior-look of its original design but when you walk inside you will find a unique 2012 industrial interior. The 5000 plus square foot building boasts four unique, multi-use spaces that can be utilized independently or combined to best meet each specific need. The interior history of the building is recalled in the large scale murals taken from original photographs, markings on the cement floor signifying its original layout and usage, and a concrete corner that used to be the location of the coal bunker.
“The completion and opening of the Power House marks a very important step forward for the RCC and its future as a major tourism destination for both the leisure traveler and those interested in the American Arts and Crafts Movement,” adds Jay Hennig, President of the Roycroft Campus Corporation Board of Directors.
For additional information about the Power House Grand Opening, the Roycroft Campus Corporation (RCC), its ongoing programs and initiatives or to make a donation, please feel free to call (716) 655-0261 or go to www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com.
The Roycroft Campus Corporation is a not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization formed to preserve and promote the ideals, traditions, architectural legacy and business skills of Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters through the acquisition and restoration of the Roycroft Campus buildings and grounds for the purpose of recreating the Arts and Crafts movement experience.