Park Avenue Armory is a nonprofit institution that has revitalized one of New York's historic buildings as a dynamic alternative arts space. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the visual and performing arts best realized in a non-traditional setting.
In presenting arts programming, Park Avenue Armory collaborates with other cultural institutions and commissions work on its own. The season includes extraordinary artistry in music, visual and sonic art, theater, and dance in which local and international artists extend their reach in an unconventional and breathtaking setting of scale.
In the summer of 2011, the Royal Shakespeare Company from London built a replica, 975-seat Globe Theatre within the armory to present its season of plays as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.
Park Avenue Armory was built by the elite Seventh Regiment of the National Guard between 1877 and 1881 for military use and as a social club. Its splendid interiors were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, the Herter Brothers and other leading artists of the American Aesthetic Movement. The soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall is reminiscent of the great European train sheds and is one of the largest unobstructed spaces in New York.
Listed a decade ago by the World Monuments Fund as one of the 100 most endangered Historic Sites in the world, the building is now restored and revitalized.
Learn more about the Park Avenue Armory and see it through the lens of Treasures of NY, a television program and website of WNET/Thirteen.