ⓘ Mahaiwe Block. The Mahaiwe Block is a commercial and theater building in the heart of downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In addition to smaller businesse ..

Mahaiwe Block

ⓘ Mahaiwe Block

The Mahaiwe Block is a commercial and theater building in the heart of downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In addition to smaller businesses, it houses the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the towns only major performance space. It has been in virtually continuous operation since its construction in 1905. The building is located at 6-14 Castle St. and 314-322 Main St, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The buildings condition and fate in the 1990s were a major contributing factor in the establishment of local preservation ordinances. The building takes its name from an earlier structure on the site, which its owner called "Mahaiwe House".


1. History

The Performance Center opened in September 1905 as a vaudeville house, it became a movie theater in the mid 1920s. The last company that showed first run films there, the Hoyts Theater chain, sold it to the Berkshire Opera Company and today shows classic films.


2. Architecture

The Mahaiwe Block is a roughly rectangular three-story building, presenting long facades to both Main and Castle Streets. Its exterior is finished in pale brick, with marble trim elements and a pressed metal entablature. White marble beltcourses separate the floors. The Main Street facade includes two storefronts and an Art Deco building entrance, the product of a 1929 remodeling by a banking tenant. The Castle Street facade has a row of round-arch windows, three commercial storefronts, and the main entrance to the theater. The theater entrance has three sets of double doors, set in a large two-story round-arch opening, which is sheltered by the theaters 1930 marquee. The marquee is supported by chains and has a scrolled top. The street-facing portion of the marquee bears the theaters name in illuminated letters, a detail repeated in compressed form on the sides, above the panels showing the facilitys current offerings.

  • commercial projects came to him through those same connections, such as the Mahaiwe Block and Theatre in Great Barrington. Vance s architecture practice continued
  • passenger and freight service between Massachusetts and Connecticut. Mahaiwe Block National Register of Historic Places listings in Berkshire County, Massachusetts
  • century years of passenger service, the Berkshire, Housatonic, Litchfield, Mahaiwe Mahkeenac, Taconic, Umpachanee, and unnamed trains made stops at the station
  • James Taylor performed a January 22 benefit concert for Haiti at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Miguel Tejada
  • a kitchen, and enlarging the porch around a birch tree. It became the Mahaiwe Club, for men only. In the early 1900s Great Barrington s Sedgwick School
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  • Lower Historic District Washington part of the Washington MRA 76 Mahaiwe Block More images September 12, 2008 08000898 6 - 14 Castle St. and 314 - 322
  • New York City in October 2010, following an out - of - town tryout at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The production starred Dan

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