More than half of the marble cladding of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is installed in the financial district of Manhattan

Facade installation continues to progress on the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, a 138-foot-tall performance hall on the site of the World Trade Center in the Financial District. Designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as executive architect and developed by nonprofit The Perelman, the structure is located between Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s One World Trade Center to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Greenwich Street to the east.

Installation of the marble cladding has gone quickly since our last update in October, when the first panels had just started going up. Less than two months later, more than half of the facility is now closed. Photos taken along Vesey Street show reflected sunlight bouncing off the glass facade of the Seven World Trade Center and shining off the skin of marble, as the Three and Four World Trade Centers soar above the parapet of the flat roof.

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

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

The south facade facing the 9/11 Memorial and the east side bordering Greenwich Street are underway and not too far behind. The tape where the exterior mechanical winch is located will be the last part of the casing to fill, as well as the base of the site which contains the main staircase and an entrance accessible at ground level by the ADA just off the steps.

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 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 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.

It’s amazing how far we’ve come since the early 2010s, when the performing arts center site housed a temporary PATH train entrance.

The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is slated to open in 2023, with the official date yet to be announced.

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William E. Bennett