LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, predominantly built from 1962 to 1968, serves as the world’s first and largest arts center.  At such a large scale, with many different buildings, Lincoln Center required a design committee.  Led by Wallace K. Harrison, who ultimately designed the site plan and the Metropolitan Opera House, the committee was made up of various other acclaimed American architects who were assigned to other buildings throughout the complex.  Built to house the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the New York State Theater, the Julliard School of Music, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and various other facilities and public spaces, Lincoln Center was a difficult and complex undertaking.  Although its genesis in Robert Moses’ “urban renewal” plans for the historically under-served neighborhood of San Juan Hill remains controversial, Lincoln Center has successfully brought high quality fine arts programming to the City of New York for almost sixty years.  Housed in incredible travertine auditoriums, theaters, music halls, and pavilions designed by the likes of Phillip Johnson and Eero Saarinen, Lincoln Center is a cultural hub and architectural monument that has grown to become an important part of New York City’s heritage.

Click on the map above and follow its links to learn more about Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

1 – Metropolitan Opera House

2 – Philharmonic Hall

3 – New York City Ballet

4 – Vivian Beaumont Theater

5 – Julliard School

6 – Lincoln Center Plaza

7 – Damrosch Park

8 – The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

9 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library and Museum

LINCOLN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS LINCOLN CENTER PERFORMING ARTS LIBRARY AND MUSEUM (aka NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS)Date: 1958-1965 Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Primary Style: Modernist Façade (primary material): Travertine...

Clouds de-Parting

Clouds de-Parting

Public art installations seem to be on attack, not just at Lincoln Center, but also, throughout the rest of New York City.  The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has, for a long time, acted as a steward of Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture and other artwork.  However, across the...

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