Lincoln Center Abandons Plans for Major Renovation of David Geffen Hall

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The $500 million project was expected to begin in 2019.
David Geffen Hall
David Geffen Hall Monica Simoes

Long-gestating plans for a renovation of Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall were jettisoned October 3, sending an overhaul of the New York Philharmonic home back to the early stages of development.

With an expected cost of $500 million, the project was to begin in 2019. The plans had been in place for several years—long before the 2015 renaming of the venue to David Geffen Hall from Avery Fisher Hall.

“Lincoln Center and the Philharmonic are grateful to the early design team for its completed work, which helped to reveal and clarify many complexities, both logistical and technical, in the project,” reads a joint statement from the two organizations. “These complexities compelled the two organizations to perform additional due diligence on the vital project and, as a result, to develop a new approach to renovate the iconic structure.”

The revised plans, which will aim to keep the Philharmonic in the space as long as possible and without prolonged periods of relocation, will be announced later.

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