• The generous gift from The George Gund Foundation was key in the restoration of the Ohio Theatre lobby.
    The generous gift from The George Gund Foundation was key in the restoration of the Ohio Theatre lobby.
  • Located at the entrance to the Ohio Theatre lobby, The George Gund Foundation Lobby plaque is 30" x 50".
    Located at the entrance to the Ohio Theatre lobby, The George Gund Foundation Lobby plaque is 30" x 50".
  • Kennedy's is  an intimate 100-seat performance venue. The signage is designed to be visible and in harmony with the space.
    Kennedy's is an intimate 100-seat performance venue. The signage is designed to be visible and in harmony with the space.
  • Donor recognition in the Ohio Theatre lobby is solid brass lettering and works in concert with the interior architecture.
    Donor recognition in the Ohio Theatre lobby is solid brass lettering and works in concert with the interior architecture.

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Ohio Theatre Donor Recognition

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.