The Carnegie Hall [ ˌ kɑrnəɡi hɔl ] is a concert hall in Manhattan in New York City and is located at the corner of 57th Street and 7th Avenue. It is one of the most famous venues for classical as well as jazz and pop concerts in the United States.
The building is named after Andrew Carnegie, who financed the construction. William Burnet Tuthill designed the concert hall as a brick building in the Italian Renaissance style. Construction began in 1890. Though since April 1891 used (the official opening took place on May 5, 1891 instead ), the construction was completed in 1897.
The Carnegie Hall originally had three concert halls: Main Hall ( " Great Hall " ), the Recital Hall ( " Small Hall ") and the Chamber Music Hall ( " Chamber Music Hall ").
Since the renovation in 1986 " Isaac Stern Auditorium " The great hall is called. It has a seating capacity for 2,800 spectators on five levels. Its acoustics are famous; he is considered one of the best concert halls in the world. The chamber music hall on the third floor of Carnegie Hall ( 270 seats) carries since 1986 the name " Joan and Sanford L. Weill Recital Hall ". The small room in the basement in 1898 leased to the AADA ( Academy of American Doll Artists) and rebuilt after 1960 to a movie theater. Since 1997, here was a modern multi-purpose hall with 600 seats, which opened in 2003 " Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall ". Also at Carnegie Hall to find the Rose Museum and the Carnegie Hall Archives.
The building was until Carnegie's widow sold it owned by the Carnegie family in 1924 to the Realtor Robert E. Simon. When the New York Philharmonic moved to Lincoln Center in 1960, there were plans to demolish the building and instead to build a business building. Under the pressure of a guided Isaac Stern's group bought it the city of New York in 1960 for the sum of five million dollars and leased it to a charitable organization. 1964, was declared a National Monument. The dilapidated building was renovated from 1983 to 1995.
Despite the memorial status of Carnegie Hall 's plans for a commercial building were not completely abandoned: 1987-1989 was a 60 - storey residential and office buildings, called Carnegie Hall Tower, built in close proximity to Carnegie Hall in the same block.