Phenix Hall to rise again
Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt (and maybe you) have passed through Concord’s Phenix Hall. Built over a century and a half ago, in the 1860s, Phenix Hall hosted performers, artists, politicians, and even wrestlers. But true to its name, Phenix Hall will rise again under an ambitious new plan by its owner, Mark Ciborowski.
With 499 seats, it was once the hub for political, social and cultural recreation and a stage to people from all over. The venue went through an overhaul after a fire in 1895 and it rose as the New Phenix Hall hosting personalities like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1912 gave a speech there.
In 1950 a fire struck the hotel next-door, destroying the upper floors (CVS is the shell of the lost hotel). This impacted Phenix’s access as there had been a bridge to get to the theatre from the Phenix Hotel.
Until recently it was mainly used for hosting private parties and yoga classes.
Now Phenix is coming back and its stage will host music, drama, and lots of events.
A makeover project will bring back Phenix Hall by building a new entrance and lobby, and an access point from the alleyway next to the landmark. A modern glass structure will be built from a local investment and will allow the hall to reopen, and meet modern fire codes. Whether it is to sing, dance, eat, converse or host a party, Phenix is about to upgrade its infrastructure, keeping the original lines and the legacy of its past events.
From the ashes of history, the Phenix will rise again.