The Hippodrome Foundation Inc. (HFI) is embarking on an $ 18.6 million renovation and revitalization project of the M&T Bank Pavilion at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore. The M&T Bank Pavilion project marks the final phase of the resort’s renovation and will convert the currently underutilized space into one of Maryland’s newest flexible, state-of-the-art community event and performance spaces.
Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and will take 13 months. When completed in early 2023, the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center – home to the new M&T Bank pavilion and the Hippodrome Theater – will host more than 3,200 people, collectively host hundreds of events per year, will host a number of tours and regional productions. productions and become a center of community events.
“The Hippodrome Theater has provided millions of quality-of-life experiences to the residents of Maryland by bringing Broadway closer to home, boosting the state and city economy, and serving as an anchor for the arts education to the tens of thousands of students we have helped over the past 16 years, ”said Wally Pinkard, President of HFI. “Almost all of these opportunities have been given to students free of charge. This new space will allow the foundation to offer even more educational programs and diverse artistic presentations while providing an accessible and more affordable rental space for smaller cultural organizations. He’s a winner.
HFI selected Whiting-Turner as the benchmark construction company, and major contributors include the State of Maryland, the France-Merrick Foundation, the Abell Foundation, M&T Bank as well as several local foundations, businesses and individuals.
“The new M&T Bank pavilion will be the perfect addition to the crown jewel of the Hippodrome Theater,” said Olive Waxter, Executive Director of HFI. “We are delighted to have a new space to extend our services to the community.