Gerding Theater at the Armory

Portland, Oregon
Placemaking, Wayfinding, Donor Recognition

Re-imagining the 1891 Armory Building from National Guard Drill Hall to elegant theater involved a combination of community teamwork together with an artful blending of old and new sensibilites. As part of the team, AK designed a signage program contrasting the rustic raw brick and steel bracing with a sparkling sign program both timeless and contemporary. Elements of this theme were picked up in a donor program recognizing community involvement in the renovation. Exterior banners recall those of London’s Globe Theater.