Herbert J. Krapp

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Herbert J. Krapp
Herbert J. Krapp young portrait.jpg
Born 1887
New York City
Died 1973
Nationality USA
Known for Theatre architect

Herbert J. Krapp (1887, New York City, - 1973) was a theatre architect and designer in the early part of the twentieth century.

Krapp was an apprentice with the Herts & Tallant firm, where he was involved with designing the plans for the Lyceum, Shubert, Booth, New Amsterdam and Longacre Theatres, among others. He departed the firm in 1915. Between 1912 and 1916 Krapp began working directly with the Shubert brothers; eventually he would become their primary architect. He also designed theatres for the Chanin brothers.

Krapp was well known for his ability to use his building space to its fullest potential. For the Majestic Theatre, Krapp incorporated stadium seating into the plans for the orchestra level, creating better sightlines and allowing for the creation of larger lounge and lobby areas. He designed the Ambassador Theatre on a completely diagonal plan to fit it into a small space. Krapp was responsible for completely renovating the Winter Garden Theatre and the Helen Hayes Theatre in the 1920s. He also designed the Hotel Edison, the Lincoln Hotel (now the Milford Plaza), and numerous other buildings.

Although the stock market crash of 1929 brought an end to the theatre building boom, Krapp remained with the Shuberts until 1963, supervising the maintenance and renovations of the existing venues. He also experimented with inventing; one of the tools he created was patented and used by the U.S. Air Force. He died in Florida in 1973.

Current Broadway theatres designed by Krapp[edit]

Other notable buildings by Krapp[edit]

External links and resources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ambassador Theater
  2. ^ Barrymore Theater
  3. ^ Broadhurst Theater
  4. ^ Golden Theater
  5. ^ Imperial Theater
  6. ^ Majestic Theater
  7. ^ Forrest Theater
  8. ^ Loew's Woodside
  9. ^ Ron Marzlock The Boulevard Theater, an icon in Jackson Heights May 7, 2009 Queens Chronicle
  10. ^ "Auditorium, Central Theatre, West 47th Street, New York City" Plate 161 Architecture and Building Vol. 50 No. 9 (December 1918). Online at Google Books.