Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

Location Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Project Type Historic Theater Restoration
Project Area 36,000 sq. ft.
Awards Wisconsin Builder Magazine Top 20 Projects of 2001
2002 Wisconsin Historical Society Historic Preservation Certificate of Commendation
2002 International Masonry Institute Wisconsin Golden Trowel Award Best of Tile/Marble/Terrazzo
Year 1998 (completed by Jennifer L. Lehrke while a Project Manager at LJM Architects)

The 1928 Sheboygan Theatre is a very fine and rare example of an “atmospheric” movie theatre. Converted into twin movie theatres in the 1980s, the theater closed in the 1990s and stood vacant for a decade until the community banded together to save and restore this downtown landmark. The “A Night in a Garden of Old Spain” themed interior was restored including its decorative walls, columns, and balconies; ornate wrought iron sconces and chandeliers; and night sky ceiling with twinkling star lights. Expansion of the stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, and green room and upgraded seating and toilet rooms transformed the venue into a cutting-edge 21st century performing arts center.

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Sheboygan Finds Beauty in its Past, Opportunity in its Future." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.