The process of the decorative paint includes layering the paint with a base coat upon which more colors and more detail are added. The decorative paint sample starts at the center of the dome and extends through the dome, across the ceiling and down the proscenium arch including the downstage columns of the box seats. For nearly 50 years we’ve been seeing pretty basic colors, cream or white across the entire ceiling with some gold painted accents and of course the red wall paper. The sample reveals a much more vibrant and rich color scheme. In the paint sample, you’ll recognize the same elegance and detail of Tibbits’ beautiful exterior.
This project received grant support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional funding came from Michigan Gas Utilities and supporters of Tibbits Restoration. Scaffolding was installed by Bracy & Jahr Inc. Masonry Contractors.