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  5. Studio Pali Fekete architects
  6. 2013
  7. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects

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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects

  • 00:00 - 10 October, 2014
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects, © John Edward Linden Photography
© John Edward Linden Photography

© John Edward Linden Photography © John Edward Linden Photography © John Edward Linden Photography © John Edward Linden Photography + 16

    • Founding Principal

      Zoltan Pali
    • Preservation Architect

      Historic Resources Group
    • Historic Tax Credit

      Historic Resources Group
    • Theater Consultant

      Schuler Shook
    • Acoustic Consultant

      Jaffe Holden Acoustics
    • Structural Engineering

      Structural Focus
    • Mechanical/ Electrical/ Plumbing

      ARC Engineering
    • Civil Engineer

      Rothman Engineering, Inc
    • Audio/Video Consultant

      Electrosonic Design Consulting
    • Lighting

      HLB Lighting
    • Contractor

      Matt Construction Company
    • Cost

      $75 million
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    © John Edward Linden Photography
    © John Edward Linden Photography

    Text description provided by the architects. The program for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts [the Wallis] was to transform the Historic Post Office Site into a cultural center for the performing arts including, the 500 seat Goldsmith Theatre, the 120 seat Lovelace Studio Theatre, an education wing, administrative offices, café, gift shop, sculpture garden, education court and a state of the art performing arts support spaces.

    © John Edward Linden Photography
    © John Edward Linden Photography

    Conventional wisdom had the main programmatic element [500 seat theatre] inserted into the original mail workroom of the historic post office and adding a wing to house all the other pertinent programmatic elements. We thought of a new way.

    © John Edward Linden Photography
    © John Edward Linden Photography

    It was our contention to re-utilize the historic post office without major alterations by inserting the ancillary programmatic elements within it and building an annex to house the new 500 seat Goldsmith Theatre.

    © John Edward Linden Photography
    © John Edward Linden Photography

    This resulted in a better use of space and a better site utilization. Furthermore, it required fewer modifications to the historic aspects of the original historic post office. This concept enabled us to fully restore the major elements of the post office’s historic fabric utilizing the Secretary of Interior Standards while maintaining eligibility and historic tax credit status.

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    Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts / Studio Pali Fekete architects" 10 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/553867/the-wallis-annenberg-center-for-the-performing-arts-studio-pali-fekete-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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