- Westchester County Center
Westchester County Center is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose
arenain White Plains, New York. It hosts various local concerts and sporting events for the area.
The County Center was conceived by the Westchester Recreation Commission in 1924 as a multi-purpose indoor recreational facility to host community programs and income-producing commercial events. It was designed by the architectural firm of Walker and Gillette, and built and decorated in the
Art Decostyle. The construction project cost of approximately $785,000. A $16-million rehabilitation was completed in 1988.
* Grand opening is held
May 22, 1930features pianist Percy Grainger, Metropolitan Opera Company tenor Edward Johnson, organist Palmer Christian [ [http://www.countycenter.biz/aboutus.htm countycenter website] ]
* First Westchester Music Festival is held in July, 1930 in the newly opened center [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F40814F63D54157A93C4A9178CD85F448385F9 "TO BEGIN ORGAN RECITALS; Westchester's Summer Program Will Open Today in County Centre", "NY Times", July 6, 1930, p 28.] ]
Herbert H. Lehmanwinds up his campaign with an address at a rally of the American Labor party in 1936 [ [http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70911F93D5A1B7B93CBAB178BD95F428385F9 "LEHMAN WIND-UP MONDAY; Ends Campaign With Talk at Labor Party Rally in White Plains" October 29, 1936, "NY Times"] ]
Joe Baksi, future heavyweight contender, beat future movie actor Jack Palance(who fought under the name of Jack Brazzo) on December 17, 1940. [ [http://www.boxrec.com/boxer_display.php?boxer_id=041420 Boxrec Jack Brazzo aka Jack Palance] ]
* In the 1950s or 60s, New York Impresario Joseph H. Conlin hired Conductor Howard Barlow, a resident of Westchester and the conductor of the popular television series of the time, The Voice of Firestone, and created a summer series of classical concerts. Details of this series would be appreciated.
* List of over 400 boxing shows held at the center from the
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
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