RLACA Associate Conservator Debra Selden commenced work last week atop the scaffolding in the mezzanine lobby removing years of grime from the geometric ceiling motifs.
New York City Center’s $75 million capital campaign will restore and modernize this treasured city landmark. Highlights of the renovation project, designed by Ennead Architects LLP (formerly Polshek Partnership), include new and reconfigured seating in the main auditorium with significantly improved comfort and sightlines; enhanced front-of-house amenities, including a new, heated marquee on 55th Street; renovated lobbies and redesigned bars; additional restrooms; a new, sprung stage floor; an additional elevator; and upgraded backstage facilities. A grand reopening celebration will take place on October 25, 2011.
The renovation respects and enhances the original theater’s much-loved Moorish-accented design motifs. In addition to the careful restoration of many of the spaces, the new design insertions have been based on a careful study of the underlying geometric motifs of Islamic architecture, reinterpreted to be complimentary but not imitative of the existing fabric. The architects’ goal is to create a vibrant new venue, with all of the conveniences and amenities that contemporary patrons expect, but one that is still “City Center,” beloved by generations of New York City theatergoers.