Performing Arts Center (Manhattan)

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Performing Arts Center
Performing Arts Center (Manhattan) is located in New York City
Performing Arts Center (Manhattan)
Location within New York City
General information
Status Proposed
Location Fulton Street
Manhattan, New York City
Country  United States
Coordinates 40°42′45.3″N 74°0′44.5″W / 40.712583°N 74.012361°W / 40.712583; -74.012361
Construction started Early 2017
Completed 2019
Opening 2019 (2019) (planned)
Cost about US$500 million

The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC) is a planned multi-space, 150 to 800-seat performing arts center at the northeast corner of the World Trade Center site at the intersection of Fulton and Greenwich Streets in Manhattan.[1]


Original Gehry model
PACWTC current basic design, as of 2015

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) announced on October 12, 2004 that Gehry Partners LLP and Snøhetta, an architectural firm from Norway, would design the PAC.[2][3][4] Gehry's performing arts complex, which incorporated a boxlike design, would have housed the Joyce Theater, as the Signature Theater Company had dropped out due to space constraints and cost limitations.[4]

Plans for the construction of the PAC were reportedly stalled over financing and design, although construction is also hindered by the presence of the temporary World Trade Center PATH subway station entrance.[5][6][7]

In February, 2014, David Lan, Artistic Director of London's Young Vic Theatre, was announced as Consulting Artistic Director of the PACWTC,[8] a position he will hold simultaneously with his Young Vic leadership. The Center's mission was revised to originate works of theater, music and dance in three small flexible theaters.[9]

By September 2014, Gehry Associates were no longer connected with the project.[10] Plans were proceeding for the choice of a new architect and future programming for a 2019 opening.[11] Gehry's design was scrapped; the board of the Performing Arts Center plans to choose a new design from one of three other architects. This change came after Maggie Boepple, the president of the Performing Arts Center appointed in 2012, was said to have disapproved of his work.[12]

In July 2015, it was reported that the construction budget for the PAC was to be reduced from $350 million to $200 million. The LMDC announced at a board meeting that the $99 million in federal funds committed to the project was contingent on the arts center’s leaders’ "producing an affordable design and a viable plan for raising the remaining money from private sources."[13]


  1. ^ "Performing Arts Center". World Trade Center. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  2. ^ "The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation Announces Selection of Architectural Firms to Design the Performing Arts Complex and the Museum Complex on the World Trade Center Site" (Press release). 2004-10-12. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  3. ^ Spitz, Rebecca (2011-03-09). "9/11 A Decade Later: Glass Atrium Rises At WTC Memorial Site". NY1. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b Pogrebin, Robin (2007-03-28). "Ground Zero Arts Center Loses Theater Company". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  5. ^ "WTC Arts Center Snagged". Wall Street Journal. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Future of Gehry's World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Still Uncertain". Architect's Newspaper. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  7. ^ Dailey, Jessica (10 March 2014). "Things Are Not Looking Good For The WTC Arts Center". Curbed. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "David Lan named as artistic director of World Trade Centre arts hub". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  9. ^ "London Director to Draft Arts Vision for Ground Zero". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  10. ^ "Arts Center at Ground Zero Shelves Gehry Design". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-09-14. 
  11. ^ "Ideas for W.T.C. arts center taking shape, although building remains on hold". Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  12. ^ Robin Progrebin (3 September 2014). "Arts Center at Ground Zero Shelves Gehry Design". New York Times. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ground Zero Arts Center to Shrink Further". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 

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