The renovation prioritizes plans for a series of improvements that enhance comfort and accessibility, transforms unusable and outdated elements into revenue generating enhancements, improves infrastructure, and provides a more authentic historic architectural experience. The design reflects the client’s commitment to maintaining authenticity throughout the renovation by employing extensive historic research, interpreting forensic information, and studying literature on and letters from the building's original architect John Eberson and his son, Drew.
The design approach re-creates the historic look and feel of the audience chamber by replacing seating, carpet, grand drape, and valance with a design and color palette based on Eberson’s original design intent. The improvements enhance the user experience with comfortable and varied seating options, more accessible seating choices, improved luxury seating at multiple locations in the balcony, and a more efficient and aesthetically “quiet” concessions stand. The design develops solutions to reinforce the building’s dewatering and life-safety systems with emergency generator power, provides additional waterproofing to a basement prone to water infiltration, and on the street front a dilapidated historic storefront is replaced with hurricane-resistant, energy-efficient, and aesthetically appropriate glazing that also masks duct work and louvers for a new emergency generator at lower level.
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