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Did you know that Lincoln Center comprises 11 companies? And that there are 30 stages with more than 27,000 seats?

Lincoln Center Fun Facts: Lost and Found

Every month, approximately 100 personal items end up in the Lost and Found department at Lincoln Center’s Security Office. Umbrellas, eyeglasses, gloves, and cell phones are the most common things left behind after performances or found by security guards. 

However, occasionally they’ll get something a bit more unexpected. The department once received a package containing cremated remains. No note of explanation was enclosed, so with only the name of the deceased and the address of a Florida funeral parlor as clues, a lengthy investigation to contact the family ensued.  The mystery was solved when it was discovered that the daughter-in-law of the deceased had shipped the ashes to Lincoln Center.  It turned out that, while she was alive, the woman would constantly reminisce about how wonderful it was to live near Lincoln Center.  When she passed away, her daughter-in-law felt that Lincoln Center was where her ashes should be kept.    Eventually, another member of the family was contacted and the ashes were taken off campus.

For questions about property lost in Lincoln Center, the Lost and Found department can be reached at (212) 875-5520. It’s open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, in the Central Security Office on the Lower Concourse.  For items lost at the Metropolitan Opera, David H. Koch Theater, Vivian Beaumont Theater, and Performing Arts Library, contact each constituent’s Lost and Found department directly.


This day in Lincoln Center history...

On May 14, 1959, the official groundbreaking for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts took place. The photo above is from the official ceremony, which included President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a performance by the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

(Photo: Bob Serating)


This Date In Lincoln Center History

February 22, 1992 - Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra makes its first US tour, in honor of its 25th anniversary, with performances in nine destinations, including Chicago; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Iowa City, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; Macomb, Illinois; Bloomington, Indiana; Granville, Ohio; Fairfax, Virgina, and Danville, Kentucky. 

By the Numbers: Lincoln Center
  • 5 million visitors annually
  • 26 performance venues
  • 3.6 million performances attended annually
  • $1.7 billion in revenue contributed annually to the New York economy
  • 1,000,000 students participate in educational activities, including students from 2,445 New York City public schools
  • 9,000 full-time, part-time, and contract positions, (the equivalent of 5,500 full-time employees)
  • ∞ amounts of awesome


The RSC has the coolest luggage ever.

When the RSC rolls into the Park Avenue Armory to prepare for their Lincoln Center Festival residency, they’re coming with:

  • 44 actors
  • 23 musicians
  • 10 stage management
  • four assistant directors plus creative teams
  • approximately 425 costumes and 350 pairs of boots and shoes for five productions;
    four-hour laundry call and three hours of general costume maintenance before each performance
  • 20 wigs, 15 pieces, 15 beards, 15 moustaches, five sets of sideburns, two joke beards and one set eyebrows
  • 20 liters of blood
  • two liters of clay
  •  five tins of lychees for eye balls
  •  four prosthetic wounds
  •  Lots of make up mud

Good thing the Armory has plenty of room; our joke beard closet is full.

Lincoln Center Fun Facts: Redevelopment Awards

Now approaching the finish line, Lincoln Center’s redevelopment program has won an enviable collection of awards.  These include:

  • 2007 AIA New York State Award of Excellence, School of American Ballet
  • 2008 Architectural Lighting Commendable Achievement Award, School of American Ballet
  • 2008 International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Excellence, School of American Ballet
  • 2008 Architectural Lighting Commendable Achievement Award, School of American Ballet
  • 2009 Los Angeles Times, Top 10 Architecture Moments of 2009, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 The Washington Post, Best Architecture of the Decade, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 AIA New York State Merit Award, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 New York Construction, Best of 2009, Best Cultural Project, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 Society of Registered Architects, Design Award, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 Progressive Architecture Award Citation, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2009 Honor Award for Interior Architecture from AIA for the School of American Ballet’s Lincoln Kirstein dance studios (Diller Scofidio + Renfro)
  • New York Magazine’s 2009 Cultural Project of the Year Award for Alice Tully Hall
  • 2010 MASterworks Award, Alice Tully Hall
  • 2010 Ontario Steel Design Award of Excellence, Alice Tully Hall/The Juilliard School
  • 2010 SCUP (Society for College & Urban Planning) Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, The Juilliard School
  • 2010 National Award from the American Institutes of Steel Construction IDEAS2 committee for the  Juilliard/Alice Tully Hall project
  • 2010 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture for Alice Tully Hall
  • A Citation by the 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York State Design Awards Jury in the Unbuilt category for Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater (H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)
  • 2011 AIA Architecture Honor Award for the Hypar Pavilion Lawn and Restaurant
  • 2011 AIA Urban Design Award for Lincoln Center’s Public Spaces 
  • 2011 Interiors Honor Award for the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
  • 2011 National Award for Structural Engineering from the American Institutes of Steel Construction, Hypar Lawn & Restaurant
  • 2011 “Best in Show” AIANY Design Awards


Lincoln Center Fun Facts: Art Preservation

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Once every two years, the outdoor sculptures on Lincoln Center’s campus are cleaned by professional art conservationists. In the early 1980s, art conservationists Christine and Marc Roussel were hired to provide a maintenance program for the sculptures on the Lincoln Center plazas, including Henry Moore’s “Reclining Figure” and Alexander Calder’s “Le Guichet.”

The “Reclining Figure” is a six-ton bronze sculpture that sits in the Reflecting Pool and is the largest sculpture on campus. A gift of the Albert A. List Foundation in 1962, it takes about a week to rig the scaffolding around the art work, pressure wash-off the pigeon droppings with a special detergent, and apply a custom-made formula wax coating to protect it. “Le Guichet,” a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lipman in 1963, is a welded-steel sculpture located on the north plaza in front of the Library of the Performing Arts. Its spider-like figure takes the longest to complete because although the paint may only be chipped in some areas, the entire sculpture has to be hand painted (not spray-painted) with a primer and three coats of black paint. 

This Day In Lincoln Center History: Calder sculpture on Lincoln Center's campus

November 15, 1965: “Le Guichet,” a metal sculpture created by famed artist Alexander Calder in 1963, is dedicated and on display at the plaza entrance to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. This gift was made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lipman. Pictured: Calder with a scale model of his famous sculpture, courtesy Lincoln Center Archives

By the Numbers: Kuhn Organ in Alice Tully Hall

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  • 1974:  the organ was built
  • 2006:  organ removed to storage during the renovation of Alice Tully Hall
  • 2010:  Juilliard Organ Department Chair Paul Jacobs re-inaugurates the organ with a performance of Bach’s Clavier-Ubung III
  • 4,192 pipes
  • 85 ranks, with 61 speaking stops
  • 2 digital pedal stops
  • 19 tons total weight
  • 18.3 feet for longest pipe
  • 1/10 inch for shortest pipe