Lincoln Center Architecture Tour

From West Side Story to Supertall Towers

With John Arbuckle

Explore the most notable modern and contemporary architecture in the Lincoln Center area and learn about its history. A unique chapter in the story of urban renewal, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, was the nation’s first performing arts complex. Its all-star design team included Harrison & Abramovitz, Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen, Gordon Bunshaft and Dan Kiley. We will discuss whether contemporary interventions designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Hugh Hardy and others enhance or detract from the original 16-acre campus. The tour will also visit several significant modern schools nearby, including PS199 by Edward Durell Stone. We will conclude with the most recent residential developments in the area, some very controversial. Guide John Arbuckle, President of the New York/Tri-State Chapter of DOCOMOMO, an international organization dedicated to preserving Modern architecture, has been involved in Lincoln Center preservation advocacy efforts.

Sunday, November 17
2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Member: $20
Non-member: $30

plaza and fountain at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Matthew G. Bisanz. Modifications: photo cropped