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Major upgrades made to Fatzinger Hall in Waterloo

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Fatzinger Hall, a historic performance space located on the second floor of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society in Seneca County, is set to reopen today after undergoing extensive renovations since 2021.


The renovation project, which cost $400,000, involved installing new seating, risers, carpeting, theater lighting, a sound system, a 14-foot screen projector, and long-awaited air conditioning. Funding for the project came from state grants, community donations, and a contribution from Seneca Meadows Inc. to cover the cost of the projector and screen. Additional support was provided through the New York State Library Construction Program over two application years.

Fatzinger Hall boasts tiered seating for 150 people and a raised stage with a trap door for costume changes. The hall was named in honor of Thomas Fatzinger, a prominent businessman who provided $5,000 to establish the library and was a charter member of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society in 1875.