Preservation training and analysis


Jeff Greene of EverGreene Architectural Arts spent the day with some of the 7th Street volunteers on Sunday. Jeff was hired by the theatre to perform a survey of the theatre’s historic finishes, provide input on preservaton and restoration of the historic murals discovered in November, and answer some questions about cleaning and restoration by volunteers. It was a wonderfully informative day. Jeff discovered that the front of the marquee (see picture) was created using a technique called scraffito, which is done by layering tinted plaster, and scraping away the top layer to expose the differently colored layer beneath. He found that one of the original colors was an intense blue. Unfortunately, we could not find a ladder truck to lift him up to the front wall niches to take samples.