October 6, 2017

Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University Opens

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY—Princeton University has opened its new Lewis Center for the Arts after nearly a decade of planning and four years of construction. The new 145,000 square foot complex will house studios, rehearsal, performance and exhibition spaces, and classrooms for the university’s visual arts, theater, dance, music theater, and creative writing programs, which had previously operated out of repurposed space on Princeton’s campus. For its inaugural weekend, beginning October 5, the Lewis Center will host more than one hundred plays, readings, performances, exhibitions and screenings by university art groups.

The twenty-two-acre, Steven Holl Architects-design complex comprises three structures, the Wallace Dance Building and Theater, the Music Building, and the Arts Tower, that anchors a new arts and transit neighborhood near the Princeton train station. The complex was built at a cost of $330 million, including a $101 million donation from philanthropist Peter B. Lewis, former chairman of the Progressive Insurance Company, for whom the complex is named.

“The creative and performing arts inspire innovative thinking and a deeper understanding of the human condition—they are tremendously important to the university, and an integral part o the education we provide to our students,” Princeton University president Christopher L. Eisgruber said. “The opening of the new Lewis Arts complex is an extraordinary milestone for Princeton that will usher in a brilliant new era of arts scholarship, training, exploration, and performance.”

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