The Town of Ticonderoga is the home of twelve buildings that share the highly regarded status of being listed on the National Historic Registry.
Among these twelve buildings is Ticonderoga High School, a Colonial Revival structure popular in the area because it relates to the town’s rich history. The Ticonderoga High School building was not only well-designed in 1928 by New York architects, Marsh, Tooker and March and contextually compatible with the area, but it is “one of the finest and most complete schools built in the late 1920’s in New York State,” according to the NYS Office of Historic Preservation.
Within the high school building resides a six hundred-seat auditorium that has remained virtually untouched since it was constructed. A group of residents of Ticonderoga are paving the way for the restoration of the auditorium. “Once restored, the auditorium will be a major asset serving both the school district and the entire community as a performing arts facility and public assembly space,” says architect, John G. Waite.
The first phase of the restoration began in 2014 with an Existing Conditions and Restoration Feasibility Study to be completed in 2015. The study will include estimates to restore the period lighting, specifically the original 1930’s lighting located in the balcony; architectural windows; determine the historically accurate paint colors and flooring for the auditorium; and develop plans for the installation of air conditioning and more comfortable seating. The funding for the Study was raised through the efforts of Janet Mallon, PRIDE Board Member and retired school teacher and an outreach campaign that yielded $10,400 in private donations.
John McDonald, Superintendent of the Ticonderoga Central School District stated, “The High School auditorium is one of the nicest of its kind in the North Country and the residents in the community should be proud to support such a facility. Whenever I give tours of the High School, the auditorium is always the highlight and people are so impressed with its design and physical layout. It would be nice to have it renovated to meet current standards and have the ability to be a year-round facility for all community groups. It has the potential to be a tremendous asset for the community beyond its educational use.”