The Stegman Building Rehabilitation project was an ambitious undertaking to restore an abandoned building, originally built in 1912, located in Brownsville Texas’ Historic Downtown District. The rehabilitation project was commissioned by the City of Brownsville with assistance from the Community Development Block Grant and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a registered landmark building, the rehabilitation drawings required review by the Texas Historical Commission. Specialized restoration techniques for salvaging and repurposing original building materials were implemented along with construction of new building elements that harmonized with the building’s iconic façade. The renovated building will serve as the Brownsville Performing Arts Academy operated by the Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts. Located in one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged areas in the nation, the academy will offer classes by some of the best music and dance educators in the region at competitive tuition rates, including virtually free services to families in the immediate neighborhoods. The academy will also serve students from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, the Brownsville Independent School District and the Allegro Ballet School.
Size: 10,560 sf
Cost of Construction: $10.5 Million
Location: Brownsville, Texas
Architect: Munoz & Co.