Works > I.S. 77Q Auditorium I.S. 77Q Auditorium

Queens, NY






NYC School Construction Authority

I.S.77Q was originally completed in 1911. In the 1980’s the entire school went under a “modernization” project where within the auditorium the skylights were filled in, the stage windows were concealed, the original wood floor was covered with VCT and 2×4 commercial ceiling lights were added. Our goal at David Smotrich & partners LLP was to bring the auditorium back to its former glory. By removing all of the “modernization” we were able to accomplish our goal. DSP replaced the VCT with a beautiful wood floor, the stage and all doors were restored with solid wood molding, profiles were made to match the original woodwork at the back of the stage. Beneath a sheetrock wall DSP found intricate plaster work surrounding boarded up windows. The windows were reopened, the plaster was repaired and a new “principals bench” was added below. A new theatrical lighting and sound system was also installed.