George Keister


George Keister



Biographical Text

Keister, an american architect was active in New York City around the 1880s - 1930s. He briefly worked with Frank E. Wallis. He also served as the security of the Architectural League in the 1890s.

His work includes the Hotel Gerard (1893), Astor Theatre (1906),[1] Belasco Theatre (1907), the Apollo Theater in.Harlem (1914), the Bronx Opera House (1913), the Selwyn Theatre (1918), now known as American Airlines Theatre, and the First Baptist Church in the City of New York.

He also designed Woodbridge Hall at 431 Riverside Drive (1901), which faced demolition in 1996, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity at 565 W. 113th St. (1903). Preservationist Carolyn Kent was able to help save some of his work.

Some other notable work by Keister are the George M. Cohan Theatre (1911; demolished), the Bronx Opera House (1912–13), the Apollo Theater in Harlem (1913–14), Broadway's Selwyn Theater (1917–18, 229 West 42nd Street) and the Earl Carroll Theater at 753-59 Seventh Avenue (1922; 1931 Art Deco remodeling; demolished).




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