The Dependable Painting Company was honored to have been a part of another beautiful restoration job at Playhouse Square. In 1964, a fire ripped through the Ohio Theatre Lobby, destroying the ornamental plaster, murals, and anything in its path. In 1982, the lobby was constructed with a contemporary design. It was functional, but lacked the beauty of the original 1921 masterpiece, by Thomas Lamb.

Tom Einhouse, from Playhouse Square, turned to Evergreene Architectural Arts for the design of the reconstruction. Many months of research went into recreating this project. Evergreene designed and recreated all of the plaster pieces, as well as the three beautiful murals in house. Restoration Architect Westlake Reed Leskosky, Turner Construction, as well as many other trades were also involved in making this “once in a life time” project come to fruition.

On site, Dependable Painting worked side-by-side with Evergreene’s craftsmen by casting, installing, and tooling ornamental plaster pieces. We also faux glazed and performed detailed painting of the ornate plaster ceiling and cornice. Gilding and antique glazing of the capitals were completed. In addition, we faux wood grained the large plaster columns and pilasters. We also assisted with the installation of three 10′ X 30′ oil on canvas painted murals.

Award Winning Project: 2017 Celebration of Preservation Award for Excellence in Restoration.
(Awarded by the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland)

2017 Ohio Theatre Lobby renovation photos provided by Playhouse Square. Photos by Ken Blaze.

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  • In Conjunction with: Evergreene Architectural Arts