A 50-thousand dollar grant was awarded by the state to Sault Ste. Marie to help restore the Soo Theatre.
Officials said the first priority will be the roof and exterior of the theatre. The theatre was built back in the 1930’s and the city plans to keep the vintage theme.
Justin Knepper is the downtown manager for Sault Ste. Marie. He said they will continue to fundraise until next fall.
“In 2017, once the snow melts we’ll be working on continuing to raise money to match the grant that we were awarded by the Michigan Council of the Arts for the roof project, that’ll be done by this upcoming fall. And while all that is going on we’ll be continuing funding sources for the full restoration.”
Knepper said the total cost to restore the theatre is estimated at seven million dollars. He said the city hopes to have major progress by the city’s 350th anniversary in 2018.
A Central Michigan University research group returned from Spain this month, where they digitally mapped a medieval city.
Without ever digging in the ground – a CMU research team is working to recreate a 15th century city digitally.
Scott de Brestian is an art history professor at CMU.
He said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.
“So Nájera is today a fairly small, sleepy town of a few thousand people, but in the past it was a royal capital it had one of the most important monasteries in northern Spain and it has a very rich history.”
De Brestian said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.
“One technique that we’re using is photogrammetry, which is a way of taking photographs of a building or an object from various objects and combining them, and that creates a 3D model then that you can actually import into our database.”
De Brestian said he’s looking forward to working on more projects like this in the future.
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