By LINDSAY WELBERS
Mandel Hall was reopened recently after being restored to its original condition. The 109-year-old room was brought in line with modern accessibility standards while maintaining the original look of the hall.
Seats were upgraded to create greater accessibility. To accommodate for the extra width the seats take up, two rows needed to be removed. Other renovations included an upgraded fire alarm and sprinkler system.
The contractor, McGuire Igleski and Associates, repainted the ceiling, repaired the woodwork, cleaned the leaded glass and refreshed the area around the stage. Much of the restoration work was done using photos from the hall’s early days for reference.
The last renovation was done about 30 years ago, the University of Chicago said in a press release.