New York, New York (1900)
Built by Oscar Hammerstein I in 1900 and designed by architect Albert Westover, the theater opened as the Theater Republic on September 27, 1900 with Lionel Barrymore starring in James Heme’s play Sag Harbor. Over the years, the theater experienced a variety of incarnations and name changes. In 1994/95, it underwent an $11.4 million renovation, including the rebuilding of the double staircase that had been removed in 1911 for the widening of 42nd street, and returning the rest of the theater to the way it looked in its early years. On December 11, the refurbished theater, renamed the New Victory Theater, opened as New York’s first theater for kids and families. Upon its reopening, it once again became the oldest operating theater in New York City.
Thorough sound testing of the theater’s walls revealed widespread delamination of the three dimensional faux drapery plaster from the masonry substrate. HPCS USA was retained to readhere the plaster to the masonry. This was successfully achieved with application of AD 25 Gel using a specialized tool that HPCS developed for precisely this purpose.
In addition, HPCS USA replaced all of the rosettes at the light fixtures around the perimeter of the dome, using a heat resistant resin. We also restored and pinned many ornamental elements with AD 25 Gel, and reinforced the ornately decorated fibrous plaster panels at the balcony façade with RE Aramid Gel.
HPCS Products Used
Customized tool for readhering plaster to masonry.