History of Lincoln Center: Today

  • January 1, 2001
    Gordon Davis is named the seventh President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until September 27, 2001.

  • January 18, 2001
    The Lincoln Center Constituent Development Project is established to implement and oversee the comprehensive reconstruction, renovation, and modernization of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

  • May 1, 2002
    Reynold Levy begins as President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He is elected by the Board of Directors on February 28, 2002, but does not formally assume the post until May 1, 2002.

  • August 1, 2002
    Bruce Crawford, former president and general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, is elected Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He serves in this position until June 2005.

  • February 24, 2003
    Diller and Scofidio, in association with FXFOWLE Architects, Cooper Robertson and Partners as planners, L'Observatoire as lighting designers, Olin Partnership as landscape architects and 2x4 as graphic designers, are selected to redesign Lincoln Center's 65th Street and some portions of the Juilliard School.

  • April 13, 2004
    Lincoln Center launches a new capital campaign titled “Bravo Lincoln Center.”

  • October 18, 2004
    Jazz at Lincoln Center opens Frederick P. Rose Hall. The hall contains three theaters — the Rose Theater, the Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The architect is the firm of Rafael Vinoly Architects.

  • June 2005
    Frank A. Bennack Jr. is elected Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

  • January 18, 2006
    Katharine G. Farley agrees to serve as Chairman of the Lincoln Center Development Project.

  • March 20, 2006
    Construction begins on the Transformation of West 65th Street Project. It is designed to improve pedestrian and traffic safety, open West 65th Street to light and air, improve information and signage and expand The Juilliard School, the Film Society, Alice Tully Hall and the School of American Ballet. The architects are Diller Scofidio + Renfro/FXFOWLE Architects.

  • March 20, 2006
    Lincoln Center announces the Promenade Project, a plan to renovate Josie Robertson Plaza and the Columbus Avenue frontage to the Lincoln Center campus. The architects are Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Beyer Blinder Belle.

  • June 8, 2006
    Lincoln Center announces plans to transform the Harmony Atrium, a privately owned indoor public space, into an information center and visitor services hub for the Lincoln Center campus as well as for cultural and civic organizations in the surrounding neighborhood. The architects are Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

  • August 2006
    The Milstein Bridge is demolished as part of the Transformation of West 65th Street Project.

  • July 26, 2006
    Lincoln Center and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. announce a multi-year partnership to publish a co-branded series of fifteen books on the performing arts.

  • January 23, 2007
    The Lincoln Kirstein Wing of the School of American Ballet in the Rose Building is dedicated. Designed by Elizabeth Diller of Diller Scofidio+Renfro, it created four dance studios out of two existing studios. It is the first section of the Transformation of West 65th Street Project to be completed.

  • April 30, 2007
    Alice Tully Hall closes for renovation of its lobbies, auditorium and backstage areas. The architects for the renovation are Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with FXFOWLE Architects.

  • February 22, 2009
    Alice Tully Hall re-opens with a two-week Alice Tully Hall Opening Nights Festival celebration featuring ten premieres, 19 events, and a musical range that spans the Renaissance to the 21st century.

  • October 1, 2009
    Lincoln Center's updated Revson Fountain opens with new technologies that include options for special-effect lighting and dazzling water shows, and a new base that gives the appearance of a floating granite ring around a shallow pool of water at plaza level.

  • December 17, 2009
    The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, a new public visitors and disount ticketing facility home to an array of programs, services, and amenties, opens to the public.

  • June 7, 2010
    Katherine G. Farley is elected Chair of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

  • May 21, 2010
    Three Lincoln Center redevelopment projects officially open to the public: The Charles B. Benenson Grove, a new green space at Columbus Avenue and 62nd St; the weatherproof Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Family Drive and Bruce and Robbi Toll Porte-cochere drop-off roadway beneath the Grand Stair on Columbus Avenue; and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn,  a 7,203 square foot public green overlooking the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace.
  • June 17, 2011 
    The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center opens to the public.
  • June 4, 2012
    The Claire Tow Theater opened with the first performance of Slowgirl.

  • October 1, 2012
    The President’s Bridge opens, completing Lincoln Center’s $1.2 billion redevelopment project.