Renderings Revealed for Cort Theater Expansion at 138 West 48th Street, Times Square

138-146 West 48th Street138-146 West 48th Street, via the LPC

Today, YIMBY has a look at plans for the restoration and expansion of Cort Theater, at 138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The building is in the heart of the Times Square Theater District, and was designed by Thomas W. Lamb, first opening its doors back in 1912.

The proposal includes restoring the façade of the pre-war structure. Along with a new coat of paint near the color of the original design, the project would remove the current signage and refurbish the marquee to near-original specifications.

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(Top Left) Cort Theater Original Marquee, (Bottom Left) Existing Marquee, (Right) Proposed Marquee, via the LPC

The new annex does not replicate any of the classical styles, and will have a more modernized touch. The windows are framed with powder-coated aluminum extrusion. The rest of the annex is composed of cream and brown terracotta paneling.

138-146 West 48th Street

138-146 West 48th Street, via the LPC

The expansion provides patrons with new lounge and bar space on the first, second, and third floors. The actors will get new rehearsal space, a wardrobe room, and there will also be two new changing rooms for the chorus members.

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138-146 West 48th Street existing (left) versus proposal (right), via the LPC

Kostow Greenwood Architects will be responsible for the design of the annex, while Francesca Russo Architect will be helming the restoration of the original theater.

Demolition permits were filed for the neighboring garage in October of 2016, the site of Cort Theater’s expansion. The proposal will go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission later today.

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4 Comments on "Renderings Revealed for Cort Theater Expansion at 138 West 48th Street, Times Square"

  1. Welcome Home (David) | November 28, 2017 at 7:15 am | Reply

    The quality of being beautiful can be seen.

  2. Jeffhochhauser` | November 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Reply

    Lovely but I sure hope they add a wheelchair accessible bathroom. It’s one of the few Broadway theaters without one!

  3. Michael Burnett | November 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Reply

    Funny I was just there this weekend to see M Butterfly and was wondering what the plans would be as I looked at the area next door. THIS IS FABULOUS. Kudos to the architects.

  4. I was just there last weekend to see M.Butterfly and I so appreciated the beauty and history of this magnificent theatre.

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