CompanyCline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design
Lead DesignerCline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (Francesca Bettridge, Michael Hennes, Jeff Hoenig)
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.