Park Ave. Armory Receives $15 million Toward Restoration

By Maya Shwayder on July 2, 2012 5:13pm 

The Board of Officers room at the Park Avenue Armory, circa 1881, just after its design and construction.
The Board of Officers room at the Park Avenue Armory, circa 1881, just after its design and construction.
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Courtesy of Archives of Seventh Regiment Armory.

UPPER EAST SIDE — The Park Avenue Armory announced Monday it's received a $15 million gift from Angela Thompson and the Thompson Family Foundation to help support the restoration of their Board of Officers room.

The room is one of the few remaining examples of the Herter Brothers interior design. They were furniture makers and interior designers of the Gilded Age, just after the Civil War.

The room has suffered "irreperable damage" since it was constructed in the 1880s from poor maintenance and water infiltration. 

The Armory has now raised $50 million from the Thompson family to put toward the building's $200 million revitalization. The room will also be wired with audiovisual and new production equipment.

“We are forever grateful to Wade and Angela Thompson and the Thompson Family Foundation for all that they have invested to bring new life to one of the country’s most important landmarks,” said Armory President and Executive Producer Rebecca Robertson in a statement.

“Herzog & de Meuron's [the firm re-designing the room] re-imagining will reinstate it to its former glory and reanimate it as a special room for intimate recitals and cutting-edge art exhibitions.”

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