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Universal Preservation Hall

A view from the balcony inside Universal Preservation Hall
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Once considered for demolition, the 150-year-old church on Washington Street in downtown Saratoga Springs has been fully reimagined and reopened as a 700-seat theatre and arts space. After years of preparation and fundraising, Universal Preservation Hall opened to the public last weekend under the umbrella of Proctors following an extensive renovation. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard got a tour of the space from UPH Director Teddy Foster.

The second floor of UPH under construction
Lucas Willard / WAMC

Construction work is underway and a multi-million dollar fundraising goal is nearing completion for a long-awaited music and arts space in Saratoga Springs.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Universal Preservation Hall, an arts space inside an historic High Victorian Gothic church building in downtown Saratoga Springs, is about to embark upon a multi-million dollar renovation.  UPH has partnered with Proctors to bring performers to its stage. It will be bringing in a new stage, entrance, elevator, common area, lobby and more.

Lucas Willard

A fundraising campaign has been launched to turn a 19th-century cathedral in Saratoga Springs  into a hub for the arts.

Universal Preservation Hall, an 1871 Victorian Gothic cathedral a block from Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs, faced demolition a little more than a decade ago. Now, Proctors Theater and a group of volunteers are beginning a campaign to transform the historic building into an arts and cultural center in the Spa City.