Location: New York, New York
Year Built: 1918
Original Architect: George Keister
American Airlines Theatre, originally named the Selwyn Theater, is located on 42nd Street in in Manhattan's Theater District, was designed by George Keister in the Italian Renaissance Style and constructed in 1918. The theater consisted of a six-story office tower facing 42nd Street and a theater auditorium behind the office tower facing 43rd Street. In 1999, the auditorium was rehabilitated and the office tower was replaced with a ten-story building with a contemporary glass façade, marquee, entrance, vestibule, and corridor linking the new tower to the auditorium. At that time the Selwyn was also renamed the American Airlines Theatre.
BCA has been involved in several projects at the Theater. As the historic preservation and restoration consultant, BCA performed a comprehensive conditions assessment in 1999 of the theater’s interior and exterior historic features, conducted archival research, performed field and laboratory materials testing, prepared construction documents for the restoration scope and provided construction administration services. In 2019, BCA re-surveyed existing conditions of the building interior and exterior, prepared construction documents for the restoration scope and provided construction administration services. In 2022, BCA carried out a visual field survey of the entire building as part of a Triennial Inspection Cycle.
Awards: 2000 Award of Merit: Restoration Project (F.W. Dodge New York Construction News)