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Madison Marquette announces improvements to historic Convention Hall in Asbury Park

Madison Marquette has announced Improvements to the iconic Convention Hall which was originally designed by famed architects Warren & Wetmore and was constructed in 1929. The news is long-awaited by Asbury residents and visitors, and gets underway this month, according to Madison Marquette spokeswoman Pasquelina DeBoer.

The boardwalk redeveloper will begin by focusing on steel and brickwork repairs and more specifically, brick surrounding exterior columns will be removed to allow engineers to perform façade probes and inspections.

“This is done to examine the impact of time and oceanfront elements on the structure,” DeBoer said. “The areas where brick will be removed will be temporarily covered as steel is assessed and repaired in order to keep the building as weather-tight as possible until the masonry can be restored.”

The information gathered will then be analyzed and used by the DC-based company’s architects and engineers to create solutions to restore the building’s entire façade, she added. It will be an ongoing process and will include repairs to the buildings piers and promenades.

Restoration work will take place in the evenings so that businesses, venues and restrooms can remain open and accessible during normal operating hours. Work will take place from 7 to 11 a.m. and at non-operating locations throughout the day.

The project estimates $750,000 in upgrades and will include new panels to replace the original copper panels.

The firm will also make improvements to restrooms at the facility. “We will restore and preserve existing original elements of the bathrooms and will replace all plumbing fixtures to electronic hands-free toilet flushers and sink faucets,” DeBoer said. “Signage will be posted to direct the public and event attendees with all rerouting to temporary restroom trailers, located on the West Loggia by the Paramount Theatre.”

The bathroom renovations are just over 50 percent complete and will be ongoing thru early September, DeBoer said.

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