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Abram Dahlby, center, teaches salsa to lead dancers at The Glass House in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018. (Photo by Taylor Irby/News & Advance.)

A performance Thursday by Asheville-based band The Fritz is just one of the concerts planned for The Glass House since it was purchased by The Water Dog co-owner Dave Henderson, along with several partners, earlier this year.

“The Glass House for so long has sort of been this diamond in the rough,” says Henderson. “When the opportunity came along to purchase it, we didn’t hesitate at all.”

According to Lynchburg's GIS system, the building, located at 1019 Jefferson St, was purchased from its previous owner, Greg McCauley, in February for $500,000.

The investors have since put in another approximately $150,000 into renovations to the space. These improvements include garage doors that open onto a 2,000-square-foot patio, as well as a new stage, bar and fire pits.

“We saw a vision of a cool piece of property that just needed some TLC,” says developer Jason Cudd, who, along with his brother Gordon, are also partners in The Glass House.

As previously reported in The News & Advance, McCauley originally purchased the building to serve as the office for his investment practice but changed his plans after the downtown community expressed an interest in the space.

McCauley used the building as an event space for everything from themed parties to weddings to concerts.

The new owners of The Glass House will continue to do something similar, says Cudd.

“We're just filling up the gaps with music,” he says.

The list of upcoming shows at The Glass House include Grateful Dead tribute band BigFoot County on May 11, Nashville roots-rock band Smooth Hound Smith on May 31, Lynchburg fan-favorite Devon Gilfillian on June 7 and 1980s bluegrass-style cover band Love Canon on June 8.

There are also plans to launch a free summer series on the patio featuring local musicians.

“There just seems like so much we can do,” Henderson says, “and we’re trying to do that.”

Emma Schkloven covers arts and entertainment for The News & Advance.

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