The spectacular re-creation of the long-lost Ohio Theatre lobby was completed in May 2016. It was originally designed by the architect, Thomas Lamb, who was described as the “king of theaters”. The cove-lighted barrel vault, appointed with scores of swags, medallions and floral motifs was restored in the original color palette. The columns and their capitals, carpeting and murals were also restored – thanks to digital technology and extraordinary hands-on craftsmanship.
This incredible restoration was made possible, in a large part, due to a $3 million grant from The George Gund Foundation. The re-created lobby is named in its honor.
Karen Skunta & Company created a custom, cast brass plaque and located it at the entranceway and additional donor recognition throughout the lobby.