New York Public Theatre

New York, NY


The former Astor Library has been the home of the Joseph Papp Public Theater since the '60s. In fall of 2012, the iconic landmark celebrated the completion of its $40 million makeover led by Ennead Architects. A primary focus of the design team was to preserve the historic building’s exterior fabric while adding modern accents to give the landmark’s entrance an inviting contemporary feel. MCS was contracted to complete a sleek custom fritted glass and painted steel canopy. In order to garner the approval of Landmarks and achieve the team’s goal of historic preservation, the canopy is only supported at two points, where it needles through the facade and connects to a new built-up structural steel plate girder. The team exceeded expectations, designing and creating an innovative yet traditional entrance that paid homage to the New York City landmark’s rich history.


Custom Fritted Glass, Painted Steel
Polshek Partnership Architects, LLP
General Contractor: 
New York City Department of Design + Construction
Special Mention: Performing Arts, Architzier A+ Awards, 2014 Bronze Design Award, Society of American Registered Architects, National Council, 2013 Bronze Award of Honor, Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council, 2013