Daryl Roth Theatre Façade Renovation

CompanyCline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Lead DesignerCline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Jeff Hoenig)
CategoryHeritage Lighting
DateSeptember 2015
LocationNew York, NY, United States
This Off-Broadway theater in Manhattan’s busy Union Square occupies a 1907, former bank building. The neoclassical structure had never been illuminated at night. The building’s NYC landmark status presented two significant lighting challenges. First, how does one transform a staid bank, never intended for after-hours use, into a theater that comes alive after dark? Second, how does one light a building whose landmarked status severely restricts façade lighting options? Our solution was to create a totally new fixture: one with a minimal 2-5/8” profile that can illuminate the 60-foot façades. The fixture’s optics and mountings are modified for different parts of the façade. With such versatility, this single fixture provides the project’s sole source of illumination. A custom dimming system adjusts levels for the building’s new, late-night use, while also extending source life. The precise, elegant lighting animates the building, giving the once invisible theater a jewel-box presence.