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Park Avenue Armory is a newly-launched organization whose mission is to revitalize one of America's historic treasures as a dynamic alternative arts space unlike any other in New York. Part palace, part industrial shed, the Armory is dedicated to the development and presentation of work in the performing and visual arts best realized in a non-traditional setting.
Park Avenue Armory is a unique alternative arts space. With its vast drill hall and its array of 16 exuberant period rooms, the Armory offers an opportunity for the development and presentation of non-traditional programming in the performing and visual arts that resist the formality of single purpose halls and white box galleries. Joining a host of unconventional art spaces around the world (many in converted industrial, transport or military buildings), the Armory fills a crucial niche in the cultural landscape of New York, catalyzing and attracting works of art that cannot be realized at existing venues elsewhere.Built by the elite Seventh Regiment, whose members included the leading families of New York's Gilded Age, between 1877 and 1881, Park Avenue Armory contains interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, the Herter Brothers and other prominent artists of the period, called by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission "the single most important collection of 19th century interiors to survive intact in one building". Its soaring 55,000-square-foot drill hall, is designed like a 19th century European train shed.
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