Columbia Plans Six-Story Arts Center

An artist's rendering of the new 129th street (Photo courtesy of Columbia)

DNA Info has details about Columbia University’s six-story, 53,000 square-foot arts center on West 125th Street, part of a $6.4 billion expansion covered in this week’s Observer.

Known as the Lenfest Arts Center, after a $30 million pledge by Philadelphia philantropist H.F. Lenfest…

“…the structure will be designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop and will contain a performance space and presentation space for readings and seminars, and a state-of-the-art film screening room. It will also serve as a facility for Columbia’s School of the Arts, according to Columbia University President Lee Bollinger.”

While Columbia’s expansion has not been entirely welcomed by its neighbors, DNA Info reports that the arts center plans have been praised by local institutions.

“Very excited about our future neighbor, Columbia University’s new arts center!” tweeted the Studio Museum Harlem.

Columbia Plans Six-Story Arts Center