Restoring The Ohio Theatre

Work is underway to restore the historic Ohio Theatre. The lobby was severely damaged in a 1964 fire, and though it reopened later that year, its Italian Renaissance-style ornament was lost. EverGreene is working closely with architects Westlake Reed Leskosky and Playhouse Square to return the 16th-century opulence to the Ohio. Using archival photographs, drawings and original blueprints, in addition to an on-site investigation that uncovered lost ornament beneath the post-historic ceiling, designers and craftsmen will recreate what was once lost. Ornamental elements found in the adjacent Lamb-designed State Theatre will act as references for designing the Ohio’s pillars and capitals. Artists will implement a historically-accurate decorative palette to the restored lobby, evoking the original Old World grandeur.