The Egg

The Egg, Albany - United States, Wallace Harrison, Max Abramovitz
Construction year: 1978
Address: 1 State St | ALBANY-NEW YORK | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 42.65034, -73.75848

The Egg is a performing arts venue in Albany, New York. Named for its shape, the building was designed by Harrison & Abramovitz as part of the Empire State Plaza project, and built between 1966 and 1978. It is located in the northeast corner of the Plaza. It has become an icon of New York’s Capital District due to its unusual shape and central location.

The Egg is slightly inclined, and has a small pedestal on which it appears to sit. In fact, the building is held by a stem that goes down six stories into the Plaza. Attached to this stem is a concrete girdle that surrounds The Egg, enabling it to retain its shape and transmitting its weight to the pedestal. The building’s organic shape reflects Nelson Rockefeller’s original goal of architectural design that uses the fine artistic elements of sculpture.

The Egg houses two theaters, the 450-seat Lewis A. Swyer Theatre and the 982-seat Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre. It draws many performing acts to Albany, including music, dance, and traditional stage presentations.

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