PRESERVATION BOARD APPROVES HISTORIC COLORED MUSICIANS CLUB’S DESIGN AND EXPANSION PLANS

ORGANIZATION WELCOMES MINORITY BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the century-old Historic Colored Musicians Club received approval from the City’s Preservation Board for its building renovation and expansion project.

A redesigned stage, professional grade lighting system and a sophisticated sound and acoustic arrangement makes this project one for the history books.  Local and national firms, specializing in jazz performance venues, have been tapped to ensure a first-rate musical experience for visitors expected to arrive from around the globe.

In addition to the upgrades in the historic building, is the introduction of a second structure with a contrasting design reflecting a sleek and modern aesthetic.  The second structure welcomes much needed accessibility features like an elevator and enhanced restrooms within the new atrium.    Punctuated by a (second-story, glass enclosed) connecting bridge, the new structure’s greenroom, conference area and educational spaces will more fully address the needs of the organization for the next generation.

The genius of Stieglitz and Snyder Architecture saw the integration of landscaping and public art to create a more complete street (from a pedestrian vantage point) and “secret alley” which is a nod to the Club’s days as a speakeasy.    

The CMC Board of Directors will be selecting a Construction Management firm in the coming days and welcomes the minority business community to take part in this construction project.