The Historic Palace Theater begins a 30-foot lift at 1568 Broadway in Times Square, Manhattan

Construction crews for TSX Broadway, a mixed-use hotel tower located at 1568 Broadway in Times Square, have begun lifting work on the Palace Theater. The historic venue is hoisted 30 feet above street level to make way for retail space on the ground floor.

Developed in partnership by L&L Holding Company, Maefield Development and Fortress Investment Group, the project involved the partial demolition of the DoubleTree Suites, which were built above the Palace Theatre, a performance hall originally built in 1913, then remodeled in 1988. The team recognized the theater’s rich history and devised a complex preservation and engineering maneuver to retain the property, while maximizing the development’s return on investment through the creation of a new commercial corridor below.

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View of the construction site under the Palace Theater at TSX Broadway

A member of the construction crew maintains a hydraulic station under the Palace Theater at TSX Broadway

A member of the construction crew maintains a hydraulic station under the Palace Theater at TSX Broadway

View of the hydraulic lift system under the Palace Theater at TSX Broadway

View of the hydraulic lift system under the Palace Theater at TSX Broadway

The demolition of floors 16 to 46 of the hotel was completed last year. The team then added a basement level beneath the basement, removed the existing theater foundation, and installed a new foundation to support the structure. To elevate the theater, the team also installed a lifting system consisting of 34 massive hydraulic poles to slowly raise the space 30 feet above its resting position.

The theater will be elevated and the new hotel will continue to be built around it. Eventually, the void beneath the theater will house the hotel lobby and entry spaces, food and beverage retailers, some backstage theater operations, and shopping destinations.

PBDW Architects is the design studio responsible for coordinating the elevator and preserving the historic theater. The TSX Broadway project team also includes architects Perkins Eastman and Mancini Duffy, Sensory Interactive for light signage and branding, and general contractor Pavarini McGovern.

The 46-story tower will eventually comprise 550,000 square feet and is expected to debut in early 2023. Total construction costs exceed $2.5 billion.

The new LED wraparound signage at 1568 Broadway across from the TKTS stairs. Courtesy of L&L Holding Company

1568 Broadway, rendered courtesy of ARX Solutions

1568 Broadway, rendered courtesy of ARX Solutions

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