The expansion project (also known as the Completion Project) will improve conditions for film preservation, study, and exhibition, and broaden access for students, researchers, filmmakers, and the general public, enabling Anthology to serve significantly more visitors and ensure its invaluable collections are well preserved and accessible to all. 


Known for its engaging work on culturally and historically significant buildings in New York City, Bone/Levine Architects has completed designs for the expansion, which were unanimously approved by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Anthology anticipates breaking ground in the spring of 2019, with a rededication to the public in the fall of 2020, to coincide with its 50th anniversary.

The addition of a public library on the fourth floor will make available for the first time one of the most important collections of paper materials related to independent cinema. Items include books, journals, correspondence, film stills, and production documents such as Orson Welles's shooting script for Citizen Kane. Additional collections of paper materials include those of Harry Smith, Maya Deren, Jonas Mekas, Joseph Cornell, and Kenneth Anger, among others.

A street level café for pre- and post-film conversations will generate revenue to help offset Anthology's annual operating costs. 

A rooftop terrace for special events and performances will expand public programming opportunities and generate revenue to help offset operating costs.

Interior Renovation: 
A complete interior renovation will improve public areas, gallery space, and research facilities, expanding public programming opportunities and improving accessibility. 

A new elevator will make the entire building ADA accessible. 

New film vaults and a complete upgrade of mechanical equipment will improve building circulation and environmental management for optimal film preservation conditions. 

Exterior architectural details of Anthology's historic courthouse building will be restored. 

Anthology's courthouse building will expand from 20,000 to 35,000 square feet.


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