Disney Concert Hall

Disney Concert Hall Disney Concert Hall

Grand Avenue and 1st Street

Next to the Music Center, this new home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic is a 2,400 seat landmark designed by Frank Gehry. In the summer of 1998, full funding ($196 million) was finally assured, enabling an April 1999 groundbreaking and an October 2003 opening. Among the major contributors are Walt Disney's widow Lilian, the Walt Disney Company, Ron Burkle of Ralph's/Food For Less Foundation, and the Arco Foundation. Disney Hall, along with the new Cathedral two blocks to the north and the new Staples Center near the Convention Center, represent three major additions to the cultural landscape of Downtown Los Angeles in the late twentieth century. Each of the three projects was the subject of considerable public debate pertaining to site location, funding, and design

Disney Concert Hall under construction The photo to the left shows Disney Concert Hall under construction in 1999. (C. Roseman). Additional photos above show the concert hall from Hill Street (left) and from the interior of the hall itself (right) (J. Mapes).