The art of theater construction

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Mineral-wood insulation (right), soon to be encased in plywood (left). Photos by Hans Holznagel

A late-summer afternoon at our construction site in the Gordon Square Arts District brought to mind the art of theater and the art of building. Process and detail matter. Light matters. Point of view matters. Good results rely on design, framework, inner work and ensemble. A lot goes on behind the scenes that the audience never sees. And so on. Pick an anaology.

Poignantly, as with rehearsals and performances, the beauty and interest you find on the construction site one day won’t be quite the same the next. Audiences in our building next year will enjoy wonderful things, but the cast of construction professionals and a handful of others are the only ones who get to be in the presence of the struggles and beauty of these days of preparation. Here, then, captured on Sept. 4, are a few still-life views of this work in progress. For frequent photo updates of a more standard variety, click “like” at the Near West Theatre Facebook page— Hans Holznagel

Especially long screws connect wood batten to "dense board" sheathing that has been coated with a "fluid-applied air barrier."

Especially long screws connect wood batten to gypsum-board sheathing that has been coated with a “fluid-applied air barrier.”

Future elevator shaft.

Future elevator shaft.

A framed-in control booth in the balcony, looking toward the house and stage below.

A framed-in control booth in the balcony, looking toward the house and stage below.

An initial piece of insulation occupies a niche in the metal-framed part of the south wall, outside the elevator shaft.

An initial piece of insulation occupies a niche in the metal-framed part of the south wall, outside the elevator shaft.

The south wall, awaiting further layers, catches the afternoon sun.

The south wall, awaiting further layers, catches the afternoon sun.

Green is beautiful.

Green is beautiful.

Gypsum is gold.

Gypsum is gold.

Overview from the southeast.

Overview from the southeast.

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