Historic Beverly Hills Post Office is finally ready for its makeover as Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The future is finally in sight for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Construction will begin soon at its location, the historic Beverly Hills Post Office. Doors will open in 2013, organizers say.
The center, named for its largest donor, the TV Guide heiress, has been in the planning stages for a decade and a half. Ground on the parking lot was broken last March, but this April’s construction start will be the first work on the center’s theater space itself, which will include the extension of a well-preserved 1930s former post office on North Canon Drive.
Instead of expanding the Italian Renaissance-style post office itself, architect Zoltan Pali of Culver City’s SPF:architects, has designed a separate 500-seat theater with variable acoustics. The Annenberg Center will offer performances of theater, music, dance, small operas and professional children’s theater.
Architectural rendering of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts by SPF:architects