The façade restoration and entry/lobby redesign of The Public Theater at Astor Place reverses decades of unfortunate building interventions, restoring the grandeur of the building and the clarity of the entry sequence. Built in 1853 as the first Astor Library, the original Renaissance Revival building was expanded in 1859 and 1890 to create the current landmark building. In 1966, Joseph Papp saved it from demolition and, as the re-envisioned home of The Public Theater, created six distinct performance venues. The renovation enriches the theater experience with a dramatic new arrival sequence, enlarged lobby and modern patron amenities. The building’s exterior fabric has been meticulously restored. The addition of a new exterior entry stair allows lobby space that had been lost when the stoop was removed and the entry stair brought inside the building to be reclaimed as a public gathering space. The exterior monumental stair serves as the building’s seventh stage, enhancing the dynamic dialogue between The Public and the City. The transparency of its new glass and steel canopy, through which one views the facade, reinforces the relationship between the historic fabric and the modern intervention. Together, the stair and the lobby further the mission to increase accessibility, foster public engagement and, with the canopy, reinforce The Public’s identity. The new lobby rationalizes the interior. Reopening archways that had been walled off and adding stairs leading to a new public mezzanine and balcony overlooking the main level provide a visual connection to the building’s various venues. The new centrally located box office and entries to the theaters further reinforce the vitality of the lobby. The revitalization’s careful blend of modern and historic elements reflects both the traditional and experimental nature of the acclaimed theatrical work, making the building more vibrant and accessible for all New Yorkers.