The restoration team at Shea’s Performing Arts Center works full time to preserve the theater and repair the damage from the years of frequent use. I worked as part of a team throughout the semester learning about restoration, proper techniques, and actually doing repair work ourselves. It was a unique experience being able to feel like a part of history, I feel like I did my part of keep Buffalo beautiful and historically rich.
As a designer it was a wonderful experience learning about yet another possible career path that I could follow. It was exciting to discover how restoration work is done and have the opportunity to work on it myself.
This experience also strengthened my values in historical preservation. I have always had a love for history so being able to participate in this class is truly a special experience for me. — Kayla Alba, Interior Design