Performing Arts Center
SMALL TOWN, BIG AMBITIONS: RIVERWORKS PERFORMNG ARTS CENTER
As we expand our offerings, we’re also creating a permanent home. We’re turning the historic 1820s church on West Willard Road into a state-of-the-art performing arts center and gallery space. Our vision is art and culture for all—while transforming small-town Poolesville into an arts destination for visitors from the D.C. region and beyond.
Built in 1826, the old Methodist church in Poolesville has served many functions: as a telegraph office for the Union Army during the Civil War, a YMCA, a movie theater, a nursery school, a pharmacy, a veterinarian’s office, a temporary town hall, and most recently, a thrift shop.
By preserving a historic building in the heart of town, Riverworks is breathing new life into a beloved landmark long in need of restoration. In years to come, we hope to host classes and open studios in other commercial and historic buildings in other walkable Poolesville locations.
Our vision is art and culture for all—while transforming small-town Poolesville into an arts destination for visitors from across the D.C. region and beyond.
AN INTIMATE PERFORMANCE VENUE:
As the centerpiece of Riverworks and the organization’s most visible building, this historic church will serve as an intimate performance space for an audience of approximately 150, including seating on the restored church balcony. Complementing its custom-designed sound system and an interior beautified by locally milled wood, the site will feature a unique, interchangeable stage allowing performers to face both indoor and outdoor audiences.
With plans drawn, permits soon to come, and committed state and local funding, Riverworks has begun the exciting, multi-year process of turning this historic structure into a state-of-the-art performing arts center. By preserving a historic building in the heart of town, Riverworks is breathing new life into a beloved landmark long in need of restoration.
Architect: CMW Group, Inc., Frederick, Md.
Builder: Bruchey Builders, Frederick, Md.
Estimated cost: $2.9 million
Estimated opening date: early 2025
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