Futurist Room

PROJECT DATE : 2015
project
The Futurist Room
client
The State Theatre, Sydney
services
Paintings Conservation, Mural Conservation, Built Heritage

Overview

The Futurist Room is one of several themed ‘character lounges’ in Sydney’s State Theatre. It was designed by Henry E. White in the 1920s and presents an intriguing Jazz Age vision of the future. Murals on each wall depict angular panels in soft pastel colours bordered with gold leaf in the Art Deco style.

Condition

By the end of the 20th century there was almost no trace left of the room’s original murals and the walls had been covered with numerous coats of paint and textured finishes. A hand tinted photograph from 1929 provided some insight into the room’s original appearance.  Paint scrapes eventually showed that most of the colour tints in the photograph weren’t quite accurate.

ICS was initially commissioned to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the room and its painted finishes. The investigation revealed that the wall panels were originally applied in casein paint and the results provided an important foundation for the recent conservation work.

The project was completed in early 2015 in conjunction with heritage consultant Graham Brooks and Associates.

Treatment

  • Carefully scraping back the later paint layers on the ceiling and walls, and preparing the surfaces
  • Reconstructing the metallic silver finish on the ceiling
  • Marking up, masking and gilding all borders
  • Applying gilding to the wall surface
  • Painting the panels to tie the entre décor of the room together

Treatment Outcomes

The room has been completely transformed into its former glory and responded well to the treatment.

More information

For a guided tour of the State Theatre including a visit to the Futurist Room as well as the other unique ‘character lounges’ visit the State Theatre website.

project
The Futurist Room
client
The State Theatre, Sydney
services
Paintings Conservation, Mural Conservation, Built Heritage
Before Treatment
During Treatment

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