Park Avenue Armory

Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Park Avenue Armory was built by New York’s prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard—the first volunteer militia to respond to President Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861—who used it as both a military facility and a Social Club. Members of what was known as the “Silk Stocking” Regiment included New York’s most prominent Gilded Age Families including the Vanderbilts, Van Rensselaers, Roosevelts, Stewarts, Livingstons, and Harrimans. In addition to exterior protection, UBS also installed a rolling platform in the immense Wade Thompson Drill Hall so workers could access the ceiling for much needed repair work. Park Avenue Armory is now a groundbreaking cultural institution, and its 55,000 square foot drill hall is the largest unobstructed space of its kind in NYC and is used to present a vast array of visual art installations, music, dance, and theater.