Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center Tops Out in the Financial District

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center has topped out in the World Trade Center complex as steel assembly continues. The 138-foot-tall Financial District structure is designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as the executive architect and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Recent photos from Three World Trade Center and atop Greenwich Street reveal the scope of the performing arts center’s frame. The V-shaped diagonal members and cubic outline is clearly visible.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Progress on the main entrance is also moving along steadily. The grand staircase has not been fully assembled yet, but the steel members that support the bottom of the steps are partially in place. To the east is a sloped triangular surface topped with sheet metal, most likely awaiting the placement of steel and concrete. The final marble cladding will then be installed directly above, as well as on the rest of the building’s exterior walls.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

An elevator hoist is beginning to climb up toward the parapet on the eastern side facing Greenwich Street.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The platform atop the perimeter of thick diagonal trusses above the ground floor is being used as a staging area for arriving steel and equipment. This square surface will eventually make way for 99-, 250-, and 499-seat theaters, along with a rehearsal room that can be transformed into a fourth venue space.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Upon closer inspection, multiple groups of construction crews can be seen performing welding work in makeshift boxes lined with black plastic sheets. They are focused around the steel belt that circles near the midpoint of the building.

Crews welding together the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Crews welding together the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Crews welding together the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Overall, the facility has a respectful and non-overbearing presence in terms of size, height, and scale. It rises nicely above the Swamp Oak trees of the 9/11 Memorial and two reflecting pools.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center and the adjacent 9/11 Memorial. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Looking west on Fulton Street toward the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

Work is also proceeding simultaneously on the pedestrian plaza and entrance on the eastern elevation of One World Trade Center. It looks like a number of sunken garden beds are being created for trees that would line the walkways on this side of the 1,776-foot supertall.

The future eastern plaza between One World Trade Center and the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The future eastern plaza between One World Trade Center and the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Photo by Michael Young

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center. Rendering by REX Architecture and Davis Brody Bond Architects.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is anticipated to be completed in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

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9 Comments on "Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center Tops Out in the Financial District"

  1. Wow… Stunning photography!

  2. David in Bushwick | September 11, 2020 at 9:28 am | Reply

    The WTC is so superior to Hudson Yards in just about every way.

  3. Is there a live cam to watch the construction?

    • After a fashion. Earthcam has a camera but their Web interface to it is messed up. They post a few snapshot images each day labeled This Camera Isn’t Working or some such.

  4. William H. Goodhart | September 11, 2020 at 9:53 am | Reply

    Im afraid I don’t feel inspired by rendering of the future performing arts center. Maybe I’m an outlier, but I’m disoriented by its presence: I can’t imagine performance inside such a cube, and am not encouraged by it. Sorry!

    • Joseph DeLauro | October 4, 2020 at 2:22 am | Reply

      With its light permeable exterior, I wishfully envision an interior experience similar to Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. We shall see

  5. This is an absolute masterpiece. The World Trade Center never disappoints.

  6. Francisco Fradinho | July 8, 2021 at 9:14 am | Reply

    Wow!!???

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