John MacFadyen, Theatre Architect and NY State Arts Advocate, Dead at 76

News   John MacFadyen, Theatre Architect and NY State Arts Advocate, Dead at 76 John MacFadyen, the architect who designed performing arts centers such as Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts, died Feb. 18 in Maine, The New York Times reported.

John MacFadyen, the architect who designed performing arts centers such as Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts, died Feb. 18 in Maine, The New York Times reported. Mr. MacFadyen was 76. The cause of death was complications from pneumonia.

Beyond the Saratoga Springs, NY, arts center, he also designed the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia and Wolf Trap Center for the Arts near Washington DC.

He was the executive director of the newly-formed New York Council on the Arts, 1960-64, and later became executive director of the Associated Councils on the Arts.

The New York Council on the Arts is said to be the country's first arts council, doling out money for statewide community arts programs.

-- By Kenneth Jones