Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

WASHINGTON, DC-The District’s Shakespeare Theatre has officially announced plans for the $77-million expansion of the group’s performance venue, which will result in the new Harman Center for the Arts. The addition of the new 800-seat facility, which will sit at a separate but nearby site, will complement the Shakespeare Theatre’s existing digs, the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre. CarrAmerica Urban Development is onboard as the developer for the project, while Clark Construction is handling construction management.

The Sidney Harman portion of the Shakespeare Theatre will be located at 620 F St., just a stone’s throw from the existing Lansburgh segment at 450 7th St. It will be part of an 11-story, mixed-use structure that will house the new performance facility on the bottom half of the building, and 110,000 sf of class A office space on the top half. The Harman Center’s occupancy of the structure breaks down to include a 7,500-sf space to accommodate the theater, a 3,300-sf lobby, and a 1,200-sf space for administrative offices. The below-grade portion of the building will include 2,000 sf for dressing rooms, a 2,000-sf rehearsal facility, and 2,300 sf for storage, a green room and a kitchen.

Funding for the theater project comes from both public and private coffers. A gift of $15 million from the Harmon Family Foundation–the arts center’s namesake, and the family of Shakespeare Theatre trustee Dr. Sidney Harmon–will go toward making the theater a reality, as will a $20 million grant from the District of Columbia.

“Our Downtown should be a vibrant, 18-hour neighborhood, with housing, retail, arts and entertainment at its core,” says Mayor Anthony A. Williams. “The new Harman Center gets us one step closer to that goal. By supporting this project, we’re drawing people from across the city and the Mall into our Downtown and creating more jobs and new revenue for our city.”

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Dig Deeper

GlobeSt. NET LEASE Spring 2021Event

This conference brings together the industry's most influential & knowledgeable real estate executives from the net lease sector.

Get More Information


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.