Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis, IN

Rowland was charged with bringing back the grandeur of the theatre that was lost during an earlier renovation that was completely modern. The focus was on renovating the actual performing venues, the grand lobby and passageways, which are now replete with historical pieces from the Theatre’s past. Rowland saw in the Spanish Baroque design that the lobby could be transformed into one of the most elegant rooms in Indiana. Much of the original beauty in the ceiling had been buried beneath decades of soot. Marble patterns were discovered on landings, a crest shield on a wall appeared, unappreciated art emerged. The original detailing for plaster walls, seating upholstery, and end panels on the rows of seats were reintroduced to echo the motifs that reflected the Moorish movie palace circa 1927.