Owner's Representative—New York, New York

Signature Theatre

Jonathan Rose Companies began working with Signature Theatre in 2004 when it was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) to be located at the site of the former World Trade Center as part of its new Performing Arts Complex. When start of construction on the new complex was delayed, Signature Theatre began looking for other possible locations. Five years later, the organization solidified plans to move to the base of a new 58-story, 1.2 million square foot hotel and residential tower being developed by Related Companies on West 42nd Street and Tenth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district.

Jonathan Rose Companies introduced Signature to Related and worked with Signature Theatre to arrive at purchase and sales agreement terms for their new space. Our firm provided full project management services, coordinated the work of the design team, consisting of Frank Gehry & Partners in association with H3 Architects, and oversaw construction. Founded in 1991, Signature Theatre specializes in performances devoted to single writers including Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, John Guare, Paula Vogel and August Wilson. The 70,000 square feet of contiguous space in the new location has allowed Signature to expand from its current one 160-seat auditorium, to a three venue complex with over 750 total seats. Signature's new performing arts complex also includes two rehearsal studios, a café, and a bookstore where artists can come to engage formally and informally with each other and their audiences. Signature opened in January 2012.

The new space is designed to meet LEED Gold standards.

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“"(Signature) is really going to bring more people, more growth and vitality to this community.””

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg

New York City

Project Profile

Site selection, due diligence and tenant fit-out for new performing arts center

Project Team
Design Architect:
Frank Gehry & Partners
Architect of Recod:
H3 Hugh Hardy Collaboration Architects
Theatre Consultant:
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
MEP Engineer:
ICOR Associates
Construction Manager:
Structure Tone
Project Status

Completion: 2012

Total Project Size / Budget
70,000 SF
$63 million