A stunning 200-year-old London music venue — known for hosting Queen, The Rolling Stones and Sinead O’Connor — is getting a $100 million revamp.
The Albert Hall, named after the nearby Royal Observatory, has undergone a rebuild that includes renovation and renovation of the 3,700-seat concert hall, which is closed for renovations while the old structure is restored.
“You don’t realize how significant the Albert Hall is until you look at a map and find the location where they [the Stones] put down the track for ‘Tumbling Dice’ at the first gig there in 1969,” Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Modern, told Reuters.
Construction work on the overhaul began in September 2016, when crews reconfigured the venue’s galleries. But the proposed project to restore the Albert Hall had been in the works for several years.
Sir Nicholas told Reuters that the restoration, which will officially be inaugurated in November, would still allow “our usual events, things like classical concerts and jazz.”
The largest structure in the Royal Observatory complex, the Albert Hall was originally built in 1831 as a music hall. The structure was later named a palace, and then converted to a concert hall in 1964.
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