Renovations are complete on the 145-year-old Cohoes Music Hall to replace the venue’s broken and deteriorating windows with new energy-efficient wooden replicas of the originals. After two years of research and design the Music Hall selected 104 year old Bennett Contracting of Albany as the contractor with the experience and expertise to complete this unique project. City of Cohoes engineers worked with Wisconsin-based window manufacturer Kolbe Windows and Doors to design and manufacture the 44 architecturally intricate and historically accurate windows.
The 474-seat Cohoes Music Hall was built in 1874, making it the fourth oldest music hall still in operation in the US. However, in 1905 the venue changed ownership, was closed, and boarded up for over 60 years, until the city bought the property in 1968. It has since undergone slow and steady restorations, but those decades of neglect and a lack of maintenance took its toll on the historic building, especially the exterior and windows. Many windows became dilapidated, broken and succumbed to rot, while other have been covered by plastic to reduce moisture and humidity issues in the music hall. The ornately decorated ceiling and interior is extremely susceptible to moisture damage from the humidity and condensation resulting from the old leaky windows.