Hibbing High School Historic Auditorium Restoration

Built by the Oliver Mining Company in the early 1920s, the Historic Hibbing High School is a landmark that was listed on the National Historic Register in 1980. With unique, hand-molded ceilings, crystal cut-glass chandeliers imported from Belgium, and many more regal features, the Hibbing High School

Auditorium is known for its elegant design and is the town’s most recognizable feature.

ARI has worked closely with the school district and community to develop the design of a historically-accurate restoration to be completed in two phases.

Throughout this project, ARI is working intensively to maintain the historical integrity of the auditorium. This process includes ARI’s direct involvement in all phases, from schematic design to construction administration, and through the post-construction phase onto the completed result of the design. ARI also collaborated with the Historical Society to move this project forward. This involvement included ARI’s submission of plans over three attempts, in order to gain approval from the Historic Society to move forward with the restoration.

Recently completed, Phase I included the stage-centered restoration and upgrades, such as rigging, sound, lighting, and overall technology upgrades. Phase II, to begin in June of 2017, will be the more visible historical restoration design, such as restoration of all seating, flooring, painting, and historic details. More upgrades and restoration to the auditorium include: improvement of energy efficiency, video performance package, acoustical shell & risers, ADA accessibility.