Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

The Top 100 Greatest NYC Buildings — #75

Carnegie Hall

Architect: William Tuthill
Style: Renaissance Revival
Use: Theatre
Opened: 1891
Borough: Manhattan

There can be little surprise that the architect of one of the most legendary concert venues in the world was an amateur cellist and board member of the Oratorio Society of New York. His most famous building opened with the U.S. conducting debut of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and was once home to the New York Philharmonic. Though Zankel and Weill Recital Halls provide an intimate setting, it is the grand Stern Auditorium that is most famous. The master violinist Isaac Stern is the auditorium’s namesake, not for his brilliant musicianship, but because he led the effort to rescue the hall from the wrecking ball when it was threatened with demolition in the early 1960’s.

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