Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let there be chairs!

After the recent discovery of hundreds of chairs stored under the stage, the volunteers did their best to get them out and available for the public to purchase. Contact - bill(at)leighproperties(dot)com if you are interested in purchasing these chairs. There are 5 varieties, as pictured below.

Monday, October 18, 2010

It continues! 10/17 work party.

Once again, we are so thankful for a great community coming together to make this theater happen.

Chair Excavation 2010, was a process of retrieving the many chair parts, discovered in the previous session, from beneath the stage. Local band 'Brother Elf' stopped by to test out the acoustics in the space.
And we had a great feast provided by local supporters. Thanks again to everyone.
NEXT SESSION - 11/7 noon to 5

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Work Party # 4 after a week of good press.

Many new people gathered together October 9th to work together on the kiggins project.

The previous work week was covered in an article by oregon live & vancouver voice featured us for the cover story. The word went out and people responded.
The new team finishes removing the 85 year old filthy carpet. 

Chris Stevens local owner  of NW shirts - shows off his spackling skills.

Jesse Macabeo and his son Gideon found this underneath the stage area. Clean it up boys!

Eileen Elliott writer and poet, fed the crew her chili!
Brian Clark (left) of the new Earth Glaze & Fire,
unbolts some theater seats with Elias Gilman.
NEXT SESSION - SUNDAY 10/17- 12-5pm

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

It's a dirty job, but...

Sunday, October 3rd, We had the largest amount of volunteers thus far, 16 in total. Warren & Chelsea from Black Locust shared farming, brought black bean soup, cornbread and cupcakes to feed the tough crew. The objective of the day: carpet removal. Those may have been the original theater carpets considering the amount of dust that was kicked up. Great job crew!  This was a truly filthy job. 
steve obscured by the cloud of yesteryears dust

Amber & Rose get down to business

Warren and Chelsea from black locust bring food for the workers. :D 
Rose, Clarence, Ryan, Cara, Amy, Cameron and Amy take a well deserved break. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Demo continued

The most recent volunteer extravaganza on Saturday September 25th was not only productive, but tons of fun.  The upstairs wall demo is complete!  Thanks to all the people who came out and contributed their muscles and sweat.  Next volunteer session is this coming Sunday, October 3rd.
Contact ' at' to sign up.

And now photos!

  Volunteer Sara Newton hammering nails from wall boards

        The crew working (Lucas, Amy, Sara and Cara)

   Pile of wall boards

    More of the beautiful art deco ceiling that had been covered up.

   The Kiggins sign from the upstairs 'sign balcony'

    The Crew!!  (with me behind the camera!)  

Stay tuned for much more from the Kiggins Restoration Project!

photos by Anni Becker

Monday, September 20, 2010

Kiggins Theater Demolition

On September 17th, 2010: Local Vancouverites gathered to help deconstruct the upper floor office in Kiggins theater. This room contained 1960's wood paneling and other add ons that had obscured the original 1936 architecture. The team ripped out walls & the false ceiling while neatly stacking reusable materials for upcoming additions. Overall, the teamwork was inspiring, proving the power of collaboration for the arts.
Tyler, Bill & Jared remove the false wall
Greg & Stuart enjoy the new open space
Art deco architecture revealed