Carnegie Hall

New York’s own Carnegie Hall is one of the world’s most famous concert halls. Since opening in 1891, its stages have been graced by many of history’s greatest artists and public figures.

About Carnegie Hall NYC: Carnegie Hall’s mission is to present extraordinary music and musicians on the three stages of this legendary hall, to bring the transformative power of music to the widest possible audience, to provide visionary education programs, and to foster the future of music through the cultivation of new works, artists and audiences. Carnegie Hall NYC is a concert hall located in Manhattan at Seventh Avenue and Fifty Seventh Street. Carnegie Hall opened in 1891, and over the last century, many world renowned artists have performed there including Peter Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, and Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin. The Hall is one of the most famous concert halls in the world. The acoustic sounds are impeccable and the architecture is extravagant. After the Civil War the United States of America became transfixed with music and New Yorkers were no exception. However, the city did not possess a suitable concert hall. Being one of the most important cities in the world, New York needed a top notch place to play and listen to music. The city also needed a place to serve as a cultural center, and Carnegie Hall fulfilled both of these needs. Andrew Carnegie was one of the richest men at this time and enjoyed music just like everyone else. Carnegie agreed that that New York City needed a concert hall and decided to give money for this purpose. He proposed this to the city administrators, they approved of it and was in the works. Construction began on May 13, 1890, and Carnegie Hall NYC was constructed over a span of seven years. The chief architect was William Burnet Tuthill, and ensured that the acoustics of the buildings produced a sound quality in the hall that was first-rate. Tuthill chose the style for the building from the Italian Renaissance, and it is reminiscent of the Victorian age because it is so elegant. Containing marble in its foyer with great slanting arches in the ceiling and the doors, the corners of its foyer also boast columns with intricate carvings. The exterior is comprised of bricks which give the building a reddish hue, creating a look of sophistication that attracted the socially elite. This building was constructed a few years before the steel era which led to the construction of the sky scrapers that crowd the New York sky line today. In 1894, the building was extended to 7th avenue from 56th street, and in 1896, the roof came off and a studio floor was added on, while a ten story tower was constructed on the lateral building. This extra construction made the building difficult to navigate. Tuthill built Carnegie Hall NYC so solidly that it was meant to stand all of time.

Location

  • 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019