The Vivian Beaumont Theater – An Architectural Gem

Vivian Beaumont Theater pic
Vivian Beaumont Theater
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A leading real estate investor and developer based in New York City, Anthony E. Westreich serves as a donor to a wide range of humanitarian, cultural, and arts institutions, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Support for Lincoln Center represents an investment in New York’s long-term cultural development for Anthony Westreich and its many other sponsors.

The site of several theatrical venues, the Lincoln Center complex includes the Vivian Beaumont Theater, named for philanthropist and lover of the performing arts Vivian Beaumont Allen, whose financial gifts made it possible to establish a permanent home for theater at Lincoln Center.

First opened in 1965, the Vivian Beaumont Theater was designed by renowned Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen. The rectangular building presents a stunning glass-walled facade, which offers a gleaming expanse against the city’s night sky.

The Beaumont is part of a conjoined group of theaters under the overall name of Lincoln Center Theater. Eero Saarinen also designed the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, situated in the Beaumont’s lower level. The two Saarinen theaters are actually part of a structure that includes the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which wraps around them. Hugh Hardy subsequently designed a smaller structure, now the Claire Tow Theater, to rest atop the Beaumont.

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