Case Study

Celebrating History and Innovation

Newly integrated state-of-the-art theatrical and performance systems elevate Ford's Theatre, www.fords.org, to a vibrant world-class working theatre that ensures high-quality cultural experiences through theatrical productions. The nation"s preeminent historic theatre and a major center for learning, Ford"s Theatre celebrates the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explores the American experience through education. This national treasure is one of the most visited sites in the nation"s capital, welcoming more than one million visitors each year.

Irvine Team led the most significant renovation of the 144-year-old theatre since its 1960s restoration. Representing Ford"s Theatre Society in its partnership with the National Park Service, Irvine Team led the extensive renovations that modernized the facility while maintaining the historic fabric of the original structure. Enhancements included a spacious lobby and welcoming theatre entrance, new theatrical rigging, sound and lighting systems, improved heating and air conditioning systems, new theatre seating and the creation of a new Lincoln Museum.

Project Facts
$50 million project budget
Washington, D.C.
2007 2009