As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection–arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world–is the Museum’s key resource.
The Whitney embarked on a project to convert the top-floor of its iconic Breuer Building into the Museum’s permanent galleries, relocating its administrative offices from the main building into three interconnected brownstones. The program also included a new library facility and museum store, as well as upgrades to the mechanical, lighting and infrastructure systems.
The renovation and expansion of Theatre Row represents one of the largest Off Broadway redevelopments in New York City history. The development involved the construction of five small to mid-size theaters ranging from 90 to 200 seats, studio spaces, ticketing areas, dressing rooms, administrative offices, and other necessary support facilities. The 42nd Street Development Corporation—a non-profit formed in 1990 to revitalize the historic Times Square corridor along 42nd Street —initiated the project by selling its air-rights to a developer in exchange for a newly renovated and expanded theater complex and endowment funds.
Named after the philosopher and former Archbishop of New York Fulton J. Sheen, The Sheen Center is a forum to present the heights and depths of human expression in thought and culture. The venue hosts a variety of events, ranging from lectures and social functions to dance and theater productions.
To realize this project, the Archdiocese of New York converted a 40,000 square foot, Landmarked building that was formerly used as a school and homeless shelter into a new cultural center. The program includes a 250-seat neoclassical theater, 90-seat black box studio, art gallery, rehearsal studios, administrative offices and living quarters for clergy and visiting scholars. The project’s design aimed to preserve and restore special aspects of the historic architectural character and details of the original building.