1. It’s Krapp Architecture

Dusk view of the Ed Sullivan Theater Marquee. Via Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith

The Ed Sullivan Theater was designed by an architect with the unfortunate name of Herbert J. Krapp. Krapp designed about 20 Broadway theaters and most are still in active use today.

The Ed Sullivan Theater was designed in a neo-Gothic style unique among Krapp’s theater work. Its architectural quality has been recognized by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, which declared the building an Interior Landmark in 1988. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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