DWELLING & DESIGN HELPING WITH AVALON THEATRE RENOVATIONS PROJECT


Dwelling & Design is pleased to announce their involvement in the Avalon Foundation’s 2018 Critical Renovations
Project. The local business, co-owned by interior designers Don Wooters and Fiona Weeks, has been hired to
provide interior design recommendations and to oversee new work on the interior spaces of the historic Avalon
Theatre.

“The Avalon Theatre Critical Renovations project includes multiple architectural, engineering and design
teams. Don Wooters of Dwelling & Design was brought in by the Foundation to ensure that the finished product
was consistent across project elements and resulted in a significant design improvement that both respects and
enhances the building’s historically important art deco aesthetic,” says Al Bond, President and CEO of The Avalon
Foundation.

New interior design plans for the venue have it returning to its appearance circa-1930’s, when it was a Vaudeville
Theatre. “Many of the art deco elements in the Theatre remain from that era, while others have been lost over the
years,” states Don Wooters. “We’ve carefully researched old photographs of the interior from the Talbot County
Library’s Maryland Room historical archives. There is strong emphasis being placed on keeping everything as
authentic and cohesive as possible, all of which has gone before the Maryland Historical Commission and received
final approval,” he adds.

Fresh decorative painting shall see many of the recognizable elements brightened up and adorning a few new areas
within the Theatre as well. The artisans involved will not only refurnish the existing art deco finishes but also apply
protective coatings to preserve them for years to come. The overall scope of improvements includes: Theatre stage,
seating, balconies, lobby, hallways, downstairs bathrooms and second floor facilities.
“We are excited to participate in this update, and know that it will create a positive experience for the
audience…and all who enjoy use of this valued community asset,” says Wooters.

Work has been underway since August, following the Avalon Foundation’s 14th annual Plein Air Festival. The
project is expected to be completed by October 2018. For more project information, visit
www.dwellinganddesign.com and www.avalonfoundation.org.

Avalon Theatre photograph by H. Robins Hollyday, from the collection of the Talbot Historical Society. Special
thanks to the Maryland Room at the Talbot County Public Library.

Dwelling & Design recently won 2018 Best Furniture Store and Best Interior Design Services by What’s Up
Magazine Eastern Shore. In 2017, they were named Small Business of the Year by the Talbot County Chamber
of Commerce.

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