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Texas Architect: Studio RED brings Ulrich Franzen’s Alley Theatre Into the 21st Century

Jesse Hager, AIA writes about Studio Red's renovation to Houston's Alley Theatre for Texas Architect

Photos by Bill SaltHouston’s Alley Theatre is a masterpiece. Any renovation of it, no matter how greatly needed, is sure to stir up some controversy. The 1968 building put its architect, Ulrich Franzen, squarely on the map and was much lauded for its faceted, curving Brutalist-inspired design. However, as the years passed and Brutalism fell out of vogue, the building fell out of favor. Early renderings released by the renovation architect, Houston-based Studio RED, went too far, triggering cries of “Preservation!” rarely heard in Houston. As a result, most of the initially proposed alterations were scuttled in favor of a more subtle renovation that respects the original design while improving its performance...

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