Boston Opera House
|Architect:||Martinez & Johnson Architecture|
Suffolk Construction restored and expanded the Boston Opera House in a major 18-month renovation effort.
The team restored the exterior front façade and trim to match the original design. Interior restorations included restoring sculptures, gold leaf finishes, marble columns, paintings and tapestries, and work to grand staircases, chandeliers and walnut and oak paneling. To update the venue, Suffolk improved backstage facilities, added fire escape routes and handicap access points, and installed new fire protection and HVAC systems, and replaced the 100-foot high roof.
New construction was necessary to make the theater viable. The building was enlarged from 85,251 square feet to 116,754 square feet. The renovation reduced the original seating capacity from 2,900 to 2,500 to provide more comfortable seating. The stage was also expanded from 35 feet to 45 feet to accommodate larger productions. The project was built by Suffolk’s entertainment general contractors in Boston, MA.