Fix The Bricks

The Center for the Arts of Homer’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Central New York by engaging them in a broad offering of arts education and entertainment that preserves and enriches local culture, and provides stewardship for a historically significant site.

After many months of skilled precision and back breaking work of our many contractor partners – the wall in the theater is secured!

The bricks have been stabilized and masoned in place, the ceiling has been re-plastered, and now we are moving on to painting (and re-installing the stained glass windows)! Before you know it, it will be finished! But…We Still Need Your Support! 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A BRICK WITH YOUR NAME TO SUPPORT THE CENTER!

Your brick purchase will include your brick engraved with your message, and installed into our front walkway as well as our outdoor patio.


DISCOVERY
In early summer (June) of 2023, we tasked our masonry expert (McKinney Masonry) with fixing some of our most “problematic” mason and brick areas around the facility. Our original goal was to complete masonry and brick repointing work in phases over a four year period. While performing this initial work, the mason discovered some faults in the front wall of the sanctuary, and recommended taking a deeper look.

INSPECTION
Jamie Davis from Ryan Biggs Clark Davis engineering firm was brought in to examine the building and discovered structural issues with the front facing wall that posed a serious concern for the future of the building. We were lucky to have discovered the issue, and even luckier to have Jamie Davis working closely with us to solve this unexpected problem.

REINFORCEMENT

Work began immediately to fortify the building so that we can continue to safely welcome audiences into the theater space. This ancillary work included installing a steel column (made by Homer Iron Works) from the truss at the very top of the facility, and grounded through to the basement. Working together with the above mentioned contractors, alongside Complete Construction Concepts , Jerome Durr Studios, and The Glass Smith, and W.L Kline our aim is to restore the front wall, while maintaining the beautiful rose stained glass window, and returning the facility back to its original beauty and strength for the next 150 years. Many of our original founders have made very generous donations to complete the initial work on this project, and for this we are deeply grateful.

With the temporary reinforcement complete, the engineers went to work on a plan to restore and restructure the front wall.

REMEDIATION
Being completed in phases, the restructuring of the wall and window arch is estimated to be completed by Fall of 2023. This includes intricate “spinal-like” surgery being performed by the areas top local contractors and experts, all playing a pivotal role in this project. The work, once complete, will successfully restructure the sanctuary/theater for the next 100+ years.

It is through community support that the Center for the Arts of Homer is able to continue serving its mission. The majority of our programs, capital projects, and day to day operations are supported by grants, donations and sponsorships from individuals, organizations, foundations, and businesses.
With an estimated cost of an unforeseen $250,000 to complete this project,  you can help by Personalizing an engraved brick to be permanently installed on the Center’s grounds!
Prices and ordering information are at THIS LINK
Any sized contribution will help the Center complete this mission, and you can make a general donation in ay amount HERE
All contributions over $50 are tax deductible.
We also accept checks or cash during our office hours (Tues – Fri from 10am – 4pm) and by mail to 72 S. Main St. Homer, NY 13077. Please mark “Fix The Bricks” in the memo.
We will continue to update you on our progress, and look forward to seeing you at the Center for the Arts very soon!