This design competition solicits for ideas to expand the Art Deco style Doylestown County Theater following the recent acquisition of the adjacent lot. While the brief does not require the existing, early 1800s masonry house to be retained, this proposal boldly re-purposes the historic structure into a glazed, open-floor, two-story lobby and event space filled with natural light.
The courtyard outside the new lobby takes the form of an outdoor colonnade. Sheltered from inclement weather by a roof trellis, it provides buffer between the theater addition and the street as it increases the effective width of the sidewalk. Meanwhile, thoughtfully laid-out hardscape, planters, trees and seating make the courtyard the perfect setting for social events and receptions
The colonnade’s blue and yellow color palette unifies the addition with County Theater’s existing art-deco façade, while the repurposed masonry core of Poor Richard’s serves as a testimony to the rich history of Doylestown. The glazed lobby wall engages theater goers with pedestrians, while the courtyard invites the passersby with its extraordinary sense of openness.
This new façade design is thus three-dimensional rather than flat, ever-changing rather than static, connecting the inside and the outside rather than separating the theater from the street.