EverGreene architectural continues their painstaking restoration of the Lyric Theatre. Casts are being made and filled with plaster, and restoration is moving forward throughout the structure.
With time, the mortar on masonry can fail. Crumbling joints aren’t just unappealing in an aesthetic sense. They can allow bricks to come loose or water to seep behind the wall. If left alone, deterioration can accelerate and cause even bigger problems.
At the Lyric, crews have started to repair the aging masonry. We have 8 bucks of scaffolding attached to the building, 48 feet high. We are “tuck-pointing,” sawing out damaged joints and replacing them with fresh mortar.
Today, the folks at the Lyric shared a couple of exterior shots that were taken in 1913, the year of original construction.
We are on track for completion next summer, as reported in the Birmingham Business Journal.
Back in the 1920s, The Lyric Theatre was the finest performing arts theatre in the city of Birmingham. It offers a wider stage situated closer to the audience, perfect for symphony, ballet, opera and theatre. Unfortunately, it has fallen into disrepair over the years.
These images depict The Lyric at construction start, before a historical renovation brings it back to the glory of 100 years ago. Phase I updates will include exterior rehabilitation, the full restoration of the lobby and auditorium, plaster repair, seating, the stage, HVAC, restrooms, etc. A campaign for additional funding to cover incidentals is still ongoing at www.lightupthelyric.com.