Evergreene Architectural Arts (http://www.evergreene.com/) was commissioned to perform an “examination of the historic finishes of the theater to inform the decision making process for the upcoming restoration project there.”
The study was limited to the creation of exposure windows in selected areas of the theater and collection of samples for microscopic examination of colors and decorative techniques on the interior and select areas of the exterior.
The Senator Theatre still contains ample evidence of its original highly decorative art deco character.
The limited examination of the decorative interior provides a tantalizing view of the rich detail of
painted and gilded finishes once adorning the interior surfaces. The original palette found in the
Senator featured a varied and rich range of colors not found in the current or any of the campaigns
secondary to the original conception of the interior. The exterior, while not heavily decorated, was in
fact painted a richer and more characteristically art deco palette than the current scheme, which, if
reinstated, will help return the theater to a more characteristic deco feel.
For the full report (PDF), head over to thesenatortheatre.com’s Renovations blog, which includes specific recommendations and an additional analysis of the theatre’s murals and conservation recommendations.