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