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503 Congress St.

503 Congress Street pays homage to its roots as a movie theater by becoming The Ace Community Theatre. Built in 1944, the original Ace Theatre was one of twelve African American movie theaters owned by the Kings Theatre Company. Its location near Calloway-Smith Middle School contributes to the community-centered design of this neighborhood. The rehabilitated Ace Community Theatre is the perfect place to celebrate local art and function as a fun weekend activity for families like the Franklins. Aretha cannot wait to share her love of upbeat showtunes with her kids Aubrey and Melissa through local productions of Annie or West Side Story.

 

Our design maintains much of the original facade while elevating the roofline with classic Art Deco inspiration from the Booker T. Theatre which was also owned by the Kings Theatre Company. Sanborn maps and identifying marks on the building indicate that 503 Congress once had a metal awning, which our design reinstates. Our sign continues to highlight an Art Deco style with lots of neon and curves. The style continues with the etched chevron patterns on the modern glass doors.

Historic District

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Legend

De Tonti Square Historic Districs

Automobile Alley Historic District

Lower Dauphin St. Commercial District

Church St. East Historic District

Other

National Register Historic Sites

Sun Path Analysis

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Summer Solstice

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Winter Solstice

Traffic Patterns

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Pedestrian Traffic

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Street Parking

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Vehicle Traffic Direction

Lot

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MODA: Tourist Trolley

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WAVE: Resident Bus

High Vehicle Traffic

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Low Pedestrian Traffic

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Points of Interest

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Legend

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Attraction

Hotel

Museum

Restaurant

Church

Library

Government

School

Sanborn Map

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Historic Context
Booker T. Theatre
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After

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Materials
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Key:

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Neon Lights

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Bricks

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Anodized Aluminum

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Etched Glass Door