Burlingtonians have built many great buildings in recent years, including many “green” ones. Oftentimes the most environmentally sound choice, however, is to continue to care for our city’s many historic structures. It is Burlington’s solid foundation of beautiful, historic structures that gives our city much of its charm and appeal for both residents and visitors alike. The crown jewel of our historic buildings is the Flynn Theatre, which recently completed a major interior renovation. The Flynn’s updated interiors restore much of the theatre to its original Art Deco splendor with new seats, new carpets and new color palette. In addition, several technological upgrades – most hidden from view – bring the theatre up to modern standards without disturbing historic architectural features. Architecture firm Freeman French Freeman’s willingness to invest in historic buildings like the Flynn Theatre is one of the many things that make Burlington such a great place to live, work and visit. No building in town has made a greater contribution to the physical or architectural quality of Burlington, and for this reason the Flynn Theatre deserves to be called “Burlington’s Best Building” in 2015.
The Architectural Excellence Award was established in 1986 in honor of Hertzel Pasackow, owner of the Mayfair on upper Church Street, and founding member of both the BBA and Church Street Marketplace Commission. The award recognizes a significant contribution to the physical or architectural quality of Burlington.