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Showcase for the arts: Lincoln Hall's new glass tower debuts on Broadway

Dance, drama, music and art fill Lincoln Hall’s new glass tower on Southwest Broadway, the final piece of a $37 million renovation of the historic building.

The three-story tower replaces a blank brick wall with 3,400 square feet of studio, theater and gallery space and creates a new bold entrance to Portland State on the busiest street in downtown Portland.

"What was formerly the back door of Lincoln Hall is now a new Broadway threshold into the important creative engine that is the College of the Arts," said Robert Bucker, College dean. "The tower provides the external community with a spectacular new window into the artistic process."

Lincoln Hall, built as a high school in 1911 and now home to PSU’s music, theater and film programs, was restored and updated with new performance and practice spaces in 2010. That project was paid for mostly with state funds for deferred maintenance.

Philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer made construction of the $3.7 million tower possible with a gift of $2.3 million in memory of her late husband, Harold. Both Arlene and Harold attended school in the building when it was Lincoln High.

PSU’s College of the Arts has some of the fastest growing programs at PSU, including architecture, film and graphic design. More than 2,800 students are majoring in Arts programs.

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