Hagerstown’s former crown jewel is set to be converted into office space by the end of this year, but don’t expect a whole lot of demolition in the 120-year-old building.
“We’re gonna be taking down some non-structural walls, not heavy construction, really, and then it’s gonna be intense HVAC, electrical plumbing work,” said Robin Ferree, Bowman Development Corporation President.
Since purchasing the Masonic Temple a little over a year ago, Bowman Group has made sure to preserve the characteristics that make the building special.
“There won’t be heavy construction. Probably the most heavy construction has been the opening of the Potomac Walk,” Ferree said.
Cut-outs for windows and doors were made in Potomac Walk in the last couple months. The door will connect the lobby of Bulls and Bears with the new Masonic Temple office space.
In addition to the preservation goals, Bowman hopes that the remodel will help boost downtown revitalization efforts.
“Ideally, we get some large businesses downtown that will take a whole floor, or maybe multiple floors,” Ferree said.
One of the questions on everyone’s mind is what Bowman will do with the coveted stage, full kitchen and ballroom space in the basement of the temple.
“We don’t know. We’re looking for opportunities, and that will kind of be the icing on the cake after we get the tenants in the office spaces,” Ferree said.
Once the renovations are complete, Hagerstown will be partying like its 1949.
“The exterior will be clean. The windows will be replaced and painted. It will look like it did during its original heyday,” Ferree said.
You can track the building’s progression on bowman development group’s Facebook page.