The Lyric Theatre

Birmingham, AL

Built in 1914 for B.F. Keith’s Vaudeville circuit, the Lyric is one of the few theaters still existing that was specifically constructed to maximize the acoustics and close seating needed for vaudeville shows. EverGreene worked alongside Stewart Perry Construction, under the guide of Westlake Reed Leskosky Design, to completely renovate and restore the historic Vaudeville theatre, aiding in the revival of downtown Birmingham’s arts district.  To restore historic plaster finishes, EverGreene craftsmen used extant ornament to create molds and cast new decoration. In some instances, new plaster ornament was created from scratch. Using archival images and remnants of existing decoration, artists sculpted new ornament in EverGreene’s New York studio. Molds were made from the newly re-created decoration and sent to the theatre where craftsmen cast and installed the ornament on-site. Decorative artists implemented a historically accurate color scheme in the theatre and conservators cleaned, repaired and restored the 103-year-old mural above the proscenium.

Westlake, Reed, Leskosky Design
Stewart Perry Construction
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The completely restored theatre, photograph by Joesph De Sciose

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The Lyric Theatre before restoration

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EverGreene decorative artists at work restoring the historic finishes

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Conservator Jamie Carpenter inpainting areas of loss in the 100-year-old mural

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Plaster artisans at work in the theatre, photograph by Don Breland

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Detail in the restored auditorium, photograph by Don Breland

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The restored balcony boxes, photograph by Joseph De Sciose



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