Work in progress: I started painting the recently restored ornamental plaster ceiling at the former Victoria Theater, dating back to 1917.
The plaster ceilings were restored by ASR and I started painting one section at a time. To match the original color scheme the entire surface is basecoated medium brown, on top of which the decorative elements are painted.
The theater itself was demolished to make place for the 27 story Renaissance at Marriott hotel and a residential tower, located next to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. The historic facade and lobby are being restored and will be incorporated.
The project will include retail space, an arts center, and several arts organizations, such as two black-box theaters to be managed by the Apollo Theater Foundation. The building represents a significant part of Harlem’s history and architectural heritage.