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Opening in August 2010, a revitalized Lincoln Hall will usher in a new era for the performing arts at PSU. So far, $30 million has been received for renovations that include an extensive upgrade of the facility's performance space and significant enhancements in Lincoln Hall's rehearsal and lab facilities. But PSU still needs an additional $4 million to complete the renovation and give Lincoln Hall a new "front door" to welcome in the community.

People who thought they were familiar with the 1911-vintage Classic Revival-style building, which began its life as the Portland School District's Lincoln High School, will hardly recognize it once the dust of the renovation clears, says Barbara Sestak, dean of PSU's School of Fine and Performing Arts. "It's a complete overhaul that will allow us to reclaim the best features of the old building," Sestak says. "The music and theater programs have grown so tremendously in the last 15 years, and this renovation has allowed us to create some much-needed new facilities for them as well." The "front door" expansion will create a new public entrance on Broadway Avenue. "With the front door expansion, Lincoln Hall will not only become a beautiful gateway to the University," says Sestak, "it will gain much needed studio space and a new black box theater in the basement.