REHABILITATION AT LINDA GROSS THEATER

REHABILITATION AT LINDA GROSS THEATER

PROJECT DETAILS
The Rehabilitation of St. Peter's Church into the Linda Gross Theater for the Atlantic Theater Company entailed the transformation of a 19th century church into a 21st century performing arts venue. The adaptive reuse for the landmark theatre in Chelsea was essentially a gut of the entire interior space, leaving only the walls and roof. By excavating down, we created a new lower level for a lobby with concession stand, dedicated public restrooms and a coat check. A workshop, wardrobe room and storage are also included at the lower level.

The auditorium floor level was dropped an additional three feet, allowing the space more height and improving sightlines. The rear brick wall was demolished in order to accommodate more space for the seating, bringing the seat count from 165 to 199.

The new basement almost doubles ATC’s square footage without altering the overall appearance of the building nor losing the character of the interior. Atlantic’s Artistic Director, Neil Pepe, explains “We kept the rubble foundation and then underpinned beneath it with concrete. So as you’re walking downstairs, you go from brick to stone rubble to concrete and it’s really like you’re walking through history.”

SOURCES:
http://stage-directions.com/4592-home-renovation.html Written by Michael S. Eddy Published: 10.01.2012
http://www.playbill.com/article/felicity-huffman-and-william-h-macy-host-reopening-gala-for-atlantics-renovated-linda-gross-theater-oct-1-com-198139 Written by Michael Gioia Published: 10.01.2012

PROJECT INFO

Chelsea, Manhattan

11,375 sf

2012

CREDITS

Brendan Coburn

Jesse Fearins, Yuliya Ilizarov, Brian Hagood, Abdou Ndoye

Fearins | Welch Interior Design

Fisher Dachs Associates

Grigg & Davis Engineer, PC

Engineering Solutions, LLC

R. P. Brennan General Contractors & Construction Managers

Francis Dzikowski / OTTO, Rachael Stollar

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