As part of the versatile renovation of the former Janesville High School, the Janesville Performing Arts Center is housed in what had been the school’s auditorium. The auditorium is surrounded by apartments, complete with chalkboards that have been converted from the original classrooms.
Aspects of the renovation include the replacement of the old wooden seats, an extension of the original stage, retiring of the existing balcony, and the addition of balcony side loges, aisle lighting, ADA accessible ramps, stairs and railings. The 640-seat theater is enhanced with a state-of-the-art audio system, upgraded house and theatrical lighting, and mechanical systems. The main entries to the theater have sound control vestibules to mitigate the sound transmission into the adjacent apartments. The renovation included plaster restoration to match the existing ornate plasterwork and decorative painting appropriate to the Arts and Crafts era. Enhancements to the rest of the facility include a new entrance marquee, a lobby with a grand staircase leading to the auditorium and the conversion of the music wing into a multipurpose room. Support spaces include a director’s office, box office, catering preparation area, dressing rooms, storage, and spacious restroom facilities.