As we prepare for our upcoming 100th anniversary, the completion of this project and the restoration of the exterior of this magnificent structure to its original glory is of the utmost importance – for not only Stambaugh Auditorium, but for the historic Fifth Avenue and Wick Park neighborhoods, the city of Youngstown and the entire community. 

The project consists of replacing the staircase and promenade and adding a handicapped accessible ramp, plus adding project enhancements including exterior lighting, iron and door restoration and cleaning the exterior facade.  Our goal is to restore the exterior of the magnificent Stambaugh Auditorium, a treasure of our community, to its original splendor. 

The ground was broken for this vital project in June of 2021.  The actual bids for the project came in at $4.1 million which is $1 million less than originally estimated.  Our goal is to raise the balance of the funds and complete the project by the Spring of 2022.

You can now be a part of this historical renovation!

We are now entering the final phase of raising the necessary funds to complete the project by the Spring of 2022. 
Help us to raise the final $500,000 needed to complete this vital project.

Spring 2021
  • Demolition and site work begins to prepare the site for construction.
  • Initial Cleaning of Facade occurs
Summer 2021
  • Demolition and site work continues/finalizes
  • Concrete Work begins on foundations
Summer 2021
  • Concrete Work for foundation continues and finalizes
  • Utility installation (Electrical, Plumbing, Water)
Summer/Fall 2021
  • Masonry work, salvaging materials and re-constructing retaining walls and re-construction of staircase substructure.
Winter 2022
  • Painting and caulking, door installation, ironwork restoration, bird deterrent install, ag pole installation, light fixture installation, final cleaning.

Spring 2022
  • Landscaping - planting, grading,

Spring 2022
  • Re-open site

We are grateful for the support of the following local foundations for their support of this vital project:


Hine Memorial Fund of the Youngstown Foundation, $500,000              


$250,000 – $499,999

Frank and Pearl Gelbman Foundation, $265,000             

Ward Beecher and Florence Simon Beecher Foundation, $250,000             

Hynes-Finnegan Foundation, $250,000             


$100,000 – $249,999

Youngstown Foundation, $200,000             

John S. and Doris M. Andrews Memorial Fund,  $150,000               


$50,000 – $99,999

J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation, $60,000

Monday Musical Fund, $50,000

Thomases Family Endowment, $50,000

Pollock Company Foundation, $50,000


$25,000 – $49,999            

Premier Bank Foundation, $30,000 

Darling Fund of The Youngstown Foundation, $25,000                                   

Pollock Personal Foundation, $25,000


$10,000 – $24,999

Walter and Helen Bender Memorial Fund, $17,500  

Warren P. Williamson, Jr. Fund of The Youngstown Foundation, $15,000

Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation, $10,000  


$1,000 – $9,999

Edward M. Barr Foundation,  $5,000



Gifts of any amount are welcome.  Contributions may take the form of outright gifts, stock transfers, and pledges.  Pledges for gifts of $10,000 may be payable over a multi-year period.  Contact JoAnn Stock, Chief Development Officer, at or 330-747-5175 for more information.