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Architect Hugh Hardy's Theater of Architecture

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Architect Hugh Hardy talks about his 50-year career and some of his favorite projects—the restored Radio City Music Hall and the revived New Victory and New Amsterdam theaters near Times Square and the state-of-the-art Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth. His book Theater of Architecture gathers 20 projects from New York City and beyond, and discusses each project's challenges, strategies, and human concerns that influenced its design.

Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. 18 West 11th Street, New York.

The original building at 18 West 11th Street was destroyed March 6, 1970 when members of the Weather Underground accidentally detonated a bomb they were building in the basement. Hugh Hardy designed this new building for the site, which was built in 1977.

Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. The renovated New Amsterdam Theatre, owned by Disney, has been vital to the rebirth of 42nd Street.
Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. Renovated National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hardy updated the interior of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, reorganizing the museum’s internal circulation routes while making as few exterior alterations as possible.

Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. Hardy renovated the façade of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, including the addition of a glass canopy.
Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. Radio City Music Hall restoration.

In 1996 Tishman Speyer took control of Rockefeller Center, including Radio City Music Hall. The 6000-seat theater was leased to the Madison Square Garden Company, who paid for a thorough restoration.

Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center.

Designed by Hardy, the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center houses LCT3, which was created to present new plays to younger audiences as a complement to the Vivian Beaumont Theater’s productions of classics and large-scale musicals.

The new Fisher Building at the Brooklyn Academy of Music was mandated by landmark law to be architecturally compatible with its two unusually large neighbors—the BAM Opera House and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank—as well as the existing structure upon which it is built, a former home to the Salvation Army.

Theater of Architecture by Hugh Hardy, published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2013
Hugh Hardy, architect. Fisher Building at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The new Fisher Building at the Brooklyn Academy of Music was mandated by landmark law to be architecturally compatible with its two unusually large neighbors—the BAM Opera House and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank—as well as the existing structure upon which it is built, a former home to the Salvation Army.

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