This theater was designed for the Chanins by Herbert J. Krapp, the most prolific architect of the Broadway theater district. Its facade is an excellent example of the romantic, eclectic “Modern Spanish” style which Herbert Krapp used on his subsequent theaters for the Chanins. Among its outstanding characteristics are its three large Palladian windows with spiral columns, flanking towers, and Spanish-tile roof.
This theater was intended as a tribute to actor Richard Mansfield, and English actor best known for the play Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The interior continues the “Modern Spanish” theme of its exterior, and its design includes plasterwork and murals of high quality.
STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark
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