Loveland Downtown Development Authority
$1,235,500; The Rialto Theater project involved the historic restoration of the 1920 Neo-Classical downtown landmark into a 550-seat theater and conference center. Working in conjunction with AE Design Associates, alm2s painstakingly restored the Rialto to her previous glory, while creating new reception and concession lobbies and state-of-the-art projection and audio/visual rooms, not part of the original construction.
The theater had fallen into considerable disrepair since closing in the 1970s, including an ill-advised conversion into a retail mall. Scores of volunteers discovered pieces of the original theater intact during demolition, including the stained glass transom over the entrance doors and the 1920s era painted wall murals. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
alm2s served as the prime architectural firm for the multi-phased stabilization and interior restoration of the theater, with AE Design Associates responsible for initial programming, market feasibility and restoration of the terra cotta facade. The project won an AIA North Chapter Merit Award as well as a State Honor Award from Colorado Preservation Inc.