Built by famous theatrical impresario David Belasco in 1907, the Belasco Theatre was built to high standards and filled to the upper balcony with magnificent examples of the decorative arts. Over the years, the interior fell into disrepair. Original decorative paint schemes were covered and the scores of Tiffany fixtures and stained glass elements had been damaged or removed from the building.
Femenella and Associates was engaged in the stained glass window restoration project to restore the stained glass fixtures and elements over a period of two years and the steel window restoration. This involved the careful cleaning of years of smoke and grime from the delicate glass elements. Many of the fixtures were missing and were replicated by our personnel. This required the replication of hundreds of turtlebacks, iridized globes and custom pressed jewels. All of the fixtures were completely restored and rewired. Leaded glass panels were releaded. Some of the larger architectural elements were treated in situ.
To learn more about this award winning restoration, complete with before and after images and the methods, materials and challenges Femenella & Associates successfully managed, watch The Belasco Theatre - Relighting, Restoring and Replication presentation by Arthur Femenella, Sr. on YouTube