Cutler Majestic Theater
This acoustically superb opera house, built in 1903 and now owned by EmersonCollege, is a popular venue in Boston’s theater district. Designed by John Galen Howard in the Beaux-Arts style, the Majestic was originally decorated by Pennell & Haberstroth but was later overpainted. EverGreene made a mock-up of the historic decorative painting scheme based on rigorous paint analysis and archival research. Complete restoration of the decorative painting involving polychromy, gilding, glazing, stenciling, and marbleizing. The scope of work also included restoration of the scagliola and fabrication of a new corner panel of scagliola.
The damask fabric on the walls, also long gone, had a pattern that contributed to the overall décor. But custom weaving, or purchase of similar damask, was beyond the client’s budget. EverGreene designers figured out the scale of the pattern using clues from archival photos, and with the aid of computer modeling emulated the pattern using decorative painting techniques. Silk-screened samples were selected by the client and Elkus/Manfredi Architects.