This Date In Lincoln Center History

imageFebruary 22, 2009 - Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall re-opens following an extensive renovation by architectural firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro, with performances by Jordi Savall, the Emerson String Quartet, pianist Leon Fleisher, artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, double bass player Edgar Meyer, flutist Ransom Wilson, clarinetist David Shifrin, the Juilliard Orchestra, conductor David Robertson and more. This performance kicked off a two-week festival to officially re-open the venue.

(Photo: Nicole Szalewski)

Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy on WNET’s MetroFocus

Earlier this week, Reynold Levy, who is stepping down this month as President of Lincoln Center after 12 years, talked about his achievements redeveloping the campus and other notable work on WNET’s MetroFocus. He notes that the changes make Lincoln Center “more energetic, more vital, more multi-lingual and more open…” than ever before. See the full interview here.

Reynold Levy on Charlie Rose

Reynold Levy, President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, appeared on Charlie Rose last night, speaking about his work leading the cultural institution through renovation and its future.

Watch the full interview here


Another set of photos of Lincoln Center—before and after.


More before and after photos from our redevelopment!


Lincoln Center Fun Facts: Redevelopment Awards

Now approaching the finish line, Lincoln Center’s redevelopment program has won an enviable collection of awards.  These include:

  • 2007 AIA New York State Award of Excellence, School of American Ballet
  • 2008 Architectural Lighting Commendable Achievement Award, School of American Ballet
  • 2008 International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Excellence, School of American Ballet
  • 2008 Architectural Lighting Commendable Achievement Award, School of American Ballet
  • 2009 Los Angeles Times, Top 10 Architecture Moments of 2009, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 The Washington Post, Best Architecture of the Decade, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 AIA New York State Merit Award, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 New York Construction, Best of 2009, Best Cultural Project, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 Society of Registered Architects, Design Award, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 Progressive Architecture Award Citation, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 Honor Award for Interior Architecture from AIA for the School of American Ballet’s Lincoln Kirstein dance studios (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
  • New York Magazine’s 2009 Cultural Project of the Year Award for Alice Tully Hall
  • 2010 MASterworks Award, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2010 Ontario Steel Design Award of Excellence, Alice Tully Hall/The Juilliard School
  • 2010 SCUP (Society for College & Urban Planning) Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, The Juilliard School
  • 2010 National Award from the American Institutes of Steel Construction IDEAS2 committee for the  Juilliard/Alice Tully Hall project
  • 2010 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for Alice Tully Hall
  • A Citation by the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State Design Awards Jury in the Unbuilt category for Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)
  • 2011 AIA Architecture Honor Award for the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant
  • 2011 AIA Urban Design Award for Lincoln Center’s Public Spaces 
  • 2011 Interiors Honor Award for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
  • 2011 National Award for Structural Engineering from the American Institutes of Steel Construction, Hypar Lawn & Restaurant
  • 2011 “Best in Show” AIANY Design Awards


"The place is for everybody now, and that’s how it should be. It’s a public space built with public money that for too long only welcomed a small section of the public. The theaters flanking the plaza seemed at times like bunkers, forbidding and designed to turn away the vaguely curious. Now, with all sorts of people filling the expanse, they seem alive with activity, interesting and accessible. The artificial distinction between “downtown” and “uptown” is mainly ignored. There’s the actual fact of the New York City Opera presenting quintessential “downtown” musician John Zorn’s La Machine de L’être this Friday, but even more exemplary is that among the lively crowd at the closing night of the Tully Scope festival at Alice Tully, a concert of dramatic, contemporary music by Heiner Goebbels, there was Zorn himself. And there were Lou Reed, and Laurie Anderson. And they all looked like they had just wandered in from off the street, both surprised and satisfied to find themselves in this renewed Lincoln Center space, milling about in a crowd with young nerds and aging hipsters, excited to hear something new."

George Grella at Classical TV has some very nice things to say about our redesign.  We’re blushing.



Check out before and after photos from our redevelopment project!


Check out pictures, video, construction updates and more at Lincoln Center Transformed.