We are excited to announce that Katz Architecture has been awarded the commission to restore and modernize El Museo del Barrio's historic 600 seat theater, known as El Teatro. El Teatro is a landmark quality interior noteworthy for its proscenium arch stage, orchestra pit, art-deco details and a remarkable series of 30-foot tall hand-painted murals by noted illustrator, Willy Pogany depicting scenes from children’s literature. El Teatro was originally built as part of the Heckscher Foundation for Children in 1922. It is also historically significant as a home to many Broadway tryouts during the 1930’s and as the original site for the Joseph Papp New York Shakespeare Festival.
Katz Architecture has been hired to spearhead the renovation, which will include restoration of historic fabric, modernization of theater elements, introduction of a new orchestra pit and freight elevators, updated lighting, mechanical changes, and extensive acoustic and audio visual work. The renovation has been funded by grants obtained through DASNY by El Museo del Barrio.
This project represents an extension of work by Katz Architecture on noted historic structures throughout New York City, among them The National Museum of the American Indian at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House, The Police Building, The Dakota, The San Remo, The Hotel St George and Donna Karan’s philanthropic foundation, Urban Zen.