Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Buffalo, NY

For the final phase of Shea’s Performing Arts Center’s 18-year renovation, EverGreene restored the decorative paint and plaster ornament in the dome and ceiling of the Tiffany-designed auditorium interior. Damaged regions of historic plaster were recast on-site using extant ornament and reattached to the ceiling. Other sections of ornamental plaster were discovered to be missing lath, which became detached overtime compromising the stability of the auditorium ceiling. Plasterers reattached these sections, securing them with traditional plaster and mechanical supports as well as modern conservation methods.

The decorative paint was rejuvenated; the ceiling was cleaned, painted in a historically accurate palate and glazed and gilded. Artisans worked on the ceiling for six weeks, atop a 76’ tall scaffolding. Shea’s is resplendent and continues to serve the Buffalo community as a home for theater, dance and musical performance.

Clinton Brown Company Architecture

Shea's Performing Arts Center

The fully restored ceiling at Shea's Performing Arts Center

Shea's Performing Arts Center

An EverGreene painter paints and glazes the auditorium ceiling.

Shea's Performing Arts Center

A decorative painter adds finishing touches to the Shea's ceiling.

Shea's Performing Arts Center

The restored Shea's Performing Arts Center

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