Respectful Style at Mainstreet Theatre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA: A Case Study of Environmental Graphic Design in a Historical Context

By John R. Kleinpeter.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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When a structure or space of historical significance is renovated, the addition of a new environmental graphic design program has the potential to impact preservation concerns. To address these preservation concerns, design practitioners may consider processes and solutions that honor the historical significance in some way. This case study delineates how consideration for historical significance affected the design process of an environmental graphic design (EGD) program for the restored AMC Mainstreet Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The Mainstreet Theatre project is a prime example of respectful style where the characteristics of the site were blended with new technologies in the EGD program. This presentation highlights details of the project, its challenges, and solutions.

Keywords: Environmental Graphic Design, Historic Preservation, National Register of Historic Places, Selbert Perkins, Style, Signage

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.181-197. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.308MB).

John R. Kleinpeter

Assistant Professor, Department of Design, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California, USA

John R. Kleinpeter began his professional career as a graphic designer in 1982 and is a principal at John Kleinpeter Creative in Irvine, CA. John has been teaching since 2001 and an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach since 2006. His professional experience includes design for identity, promotional materials, packaging, environmental graphic design, exhibit, web, television, and print. John's research interests include graphic design in history, culture, and the built environment.