Engine has announced Reviving the Marble Block, a fundraising cocktail party to help renovate the former Renys department store on Main Street into a center of creativity in art, design, and technology. The event will be held on August 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the residence of Karin Gregory and Don Furman on 20 Elizabeth Road in Biddeford.
The former Renys department store is a fine example of Italianate architecture built in 1890 and was known for years by locals as simply The Marble Block. The building was gifted to Engine by the Reny family and the nonprofit organization was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to begin work on the renovation. Phase I of the Marble Block renovation, which focuses primarily on the first floor and major infrastructure work, will cost $1 million and include a 3,000 square foot exhibition/retail storefront, a 3,000 square foot education/workshop space, and more. The building will be a creative center focusing on creative arts exhibitions and education, including a media lab and space for Maine FabLab, a digital fabrication center including 3D printing capabilities
“This is a big project but big projects like these get done all the time throughout the country and here in Maine,” says Engine executive director Tammy Ackerman. “This new center focused on art, design, and technology education will add an extremely positive presence in the downtown and add to the city’s current renaissance.”
Tickets to Reviving the Marble Block are $50 per person; tickets for 65+ and students under 21 are $20. You can purchase tickets in person at Engine during regular gallery hours, email Engine, call 207-370-9130, mail Engine at PO Box 1681, or visit our fundraiser page where you can purchase tickets online. The fundraiser will be preceded by a free Art + Artisans Show at the Fortune’s Rocks Community Club from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.