Rod Rodgers and Duo Multicultural Arts Center
New York, NY
This building built in 1889 is home to both the Rod Rodgers Dance Company and Duo Theatre and is located in the city’s only designated Cultural District. Its unusual facade includes large French windows on the second floors, classical detailing, and a circular iron fire escape stairway leading down from a loggia on the fourth floor, screened from the outside by perforated iron mesh. The exterior restoration involved the recreation of the cornice and the balconies, replacement of the windows with historically appropriate materials, and analysis of paint in order to match the historic color. SUPERSTRUCTURES provided investigation, design and construction administration services. The project was awarded a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Project Award for 2011 by the New York Landmarks Conservancy.