High School for the Performing Arts

Midtown, New York, NY

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A landmark restoration of the former High School for the Performing Arts, model for the movie Fame, severely damaged by a major fire.


Jack L. Gordon Architects PC, New York, NY


NYC School Construction Authority, Long Island City, NY


  • complete interior gut and subsequent restoration
  • restoration of the historic facade and exterior ornamental metal work
  • repair and/or replacement of copper roofing
  • a new 275 seat auditorium
  • a new 1,200 SF kitchen and two dining halls with seating for 70 students and 30 faculty members
  • new windows
  • new elevator
  • new mechanical, electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems
  • state-of-the-art security and fire protection systems

Special Recognition

Awarded with the New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Certificate of Merit for the restoration of the High School of Performing Arts.


Construction Management