Sutton Theater in Late Summer 2004

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Sutton Theater in Late Summer 2004

I remember walking down E. 57th and being stunned that someone had purposely ground off the architectural flutings and capitals on the four Ionic columns (see other detailed photo). Why would anyone have bothered to do this unless it was thought that by destroying these features the building would not have been eligible for historic designation? Can anyone confirm my theory?

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Orlando
Orlando on February 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Jerry,

 Your theory is correct. UA demolished the frieze on the Rivoli (NYC) just to avoid being landmarked. The order to demolish came from the top in California. I saw "Deathtrap" her in the very early eighties. 
                
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