In 2006, the City of Easthampton signed a lease with the CitySpace Inc., to oversee the transformation of the old Town Hall into and arts and cultural space. Following first floor build-out Flywheel Arts Collective and Big Red Frame (then Eastmont Framing) leased 1st floor spaces. Easthampton City Arts+ soon followed. The city worked with consultants to develop a plan for potential use of the building assessing the needs and interests of the community.
Flywheel Receives Community Foundation Grant, MassLive, 2008
Flywheel Moves to New Digs, Daily Collegian, 2008
In 2013, CitySpace illuminated the historic building, prefacing its grand facade and prominent towers.
In 2015, the first floor lobby and hall were restored. Extensive renovations included removing tile from original hardwood floors, restoring the decorative ceiling tin, and renovating and adding an addition restroom for public use. Funding for the project was made possible by a state tourism grant and Community Preservation Act funds from the City of Easthampton.
Illuminating the old Town Hall, MassLive 2013
Easthampton Town Hall Renovations, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2014
Easthampton Town Hall to be Renovated, WWLP 22 News
Easthampton Town Hall Renovations, MassLive, 2015
In 2016, CitySpace began its third phase of 2nd floor renovations. The organization has worked closely with Kuhn Riddle Architects to develop a design an accessible entry to the 2nd floor and develop a flexible performance space. The next steps include community presentation, funding development, and the construction of the great space for use. The 2nd floor space has not been available for consistent public use for over 15 years. It is time we enliven the space again!
Easthampton seeks proposals for renovating Old Town Hall ballroom into performance space, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2016