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The Queen

Shining the Queen’s Crown: Revitalizing this 100-year-old theatre took more than steel and wood

Originally built in 1789, “The Indian Queen Hotel” was a popular place for traveling sailors to spend the night. From 1915-1959, the hotel was repurposed into a movie theater, in the process of becoming one of the earliest buildings to utilize cast-in-place reinforced concrete. However, the theatre closed for about 50 years and needed some TLC before it could host big crowds like it once did. We worked with Tevebaugh Architecture and BPGS to carefully measure and understand the structure and character of the original building so we could preserve it and keep it functioning for another century. The result: a cathedral-like interior with stained glass windows and a new stage capable of hosting 400 guests during live events, like concerts, DJ’d dance events, and other live shows. On the outside, the building’s iconic façade was cleaned, and structural steel was added to support a new marquee on the theatre.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Commercial, Historic, Recreation & Entertainment, Tenant Improvements
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Steel, Masonry, Wood

Project Highlight

  • New steel members were designed to fit seamlessly into the building’s original structure and reinforce its old bearing walls.


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