First Stage of Lincoln Center Renovation Set to Begin

Classic Arts News   First Stage of Lincoln Center Renovation Set to Begin
The constituent organizations of Lincoln Center have approved the final plans for the reconstruction of West 65th Street, Lincoln Center announced. Preliminary construction on the project, the first stage of Lincoln Center's long-discussed redevelopment plan, will begin this week.

West 65th Street runs through the center, with Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center Theater, and the Metropolitan Opera on the south side and Alice Tully Hall and the Juilliard School on the north side. Currently, the street is dominated by garage entrances and partly covered by a plaza connecting the two sections of the Lincoln center campus.

Plans for the renovation include removing the plaza and constructing new entrances to buildings on both sides, in order to give the center a connection to street-level traffic that it has never had. Tully Hall, Juilliard, and other buildings on the north side of the street will also be expanded.

The design, created by the firms of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FX Fowle Architects, is intended to create a "dynamic Street of the Arts," according to a press release, "enhancing street presence for resident organizations."

The renovation will begin with the creation of a temporary pedestrian bridge across 65th Street in May and the demolition of the current plaza in June and July. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2009, when the center celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Lincoln Center also announced that conceptual designs for the renovation of Jose Robertson Plaza and the Columbus Street side of the center, a subsequent stage in the redevelopment, have been approved. The redevelopment will also include the reconstruction of Avery Fisher Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic. Designs have not yet been made public, but preliminary plans reportedly include a thrust stage surrounded by seating.

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