Welcome back to Fauxology! I hope your Labor Day weekend was wonderful — mine was restful and yet I got a lot done. Love that! Well, we are moving on to the second site our roving correspondent, Monica Arrache, visited during her hometown visit to Boston. Please be sure to see her visit to The Paramount Center.
The Majestic Theatre, designed by architect John Galen Howard and Beaux Arts enthusiast, opened as an opera house in 1903. Emerson College purchased the theatre and a 20-year renovation of the intricately colored washes and detailed ornamentation was finished in 2003. It was often called the “House of Gold” since every piece of decorative plaster is gilded. It also features murals by William de Leftwich Dodge. After a past of opera productions, vaudeville and a movie house, today it is a 21st-century venue for all types of student and professional productions. The renovation won major awards from such organizations as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who says that the interiors are like being “inside a Faberge egg”. That, in itself, would get me there.
You may ask yourself: How does a college get these renovations funded? For the Cutler Majestic, the tag was $14.8 million over a 20-year span. It also took the efforts of hundreds of volunteers (starting with debris removal), private donors, foundations, corporations and both city and state government cooperation. It was renamed the Cutler Majestic after one of the major donors, Ted Cutler, who is the chair of Emerson College’s Board of Trustees.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this visit to the Cutler Majestic. Private walking tours are $5 per person and if you have a group of 10 or more, a docent is provided for you. I’ll be sure to visit the Majestic the next time I’m in Boston. Will you? I want to thank Monica again for the lovely images and information she provided. I’ll see you tomorrow, same bat time, same bat place.