New Amsterdam Theater

New York, New York

The New Amsterdam theater was designed by Herts & Tallant and built in 1903. It is known as the home of the Ziegfield Follies and many other productions. The theater was repurposed from live performances to a movie house in 1937 and fell into disrepair after many years of neglect. The Disney Corporation leased the theater from the city and embarked on a monumental restoration. BCA was part of the team to uncover years of grime and destruction. The amount of intact finishes and decoration under years of overpaint are illustrated in the dramatic before and after photographs.

As the preservation planning consultant, BCA prepared the Historic Preservation Certification Application, earning an Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit. As conservation consultant on the design team, BCA developed specifications for the restoration of the decorative finishes and the exterior façade through laboratory analysis, site inspections, and historic research.


Materials: Brick, Finishes, Metal, Terra Cotta, Wood
Related services: Conditions Surveys, Working Drawings, Field Testing, Finishes Analysis, Historic Tax Credit, Inspection Services, Lab Testing, Landmarks, Mockups, Research, Specifications