|Location:||New York, NY|
|Architect:||SLCE Architects/ Polshek Partnership Architects/ IU + BIBLIOWICZ ARCHITECTS, LLP|
|Property:||Cultural & Entertainment
Opening on May 5th of 1891 with a concert conducted by Walter Damrosh and the Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Carnegie Hall has stood for nearly 125 years as New York’s most prestigious stage for classical and popular music alike. Featuring a serenely simple interior, Carnegie Hall was named for its builder, the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and was designed by William B. Tuthill with assistance from the great Chicago architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, the latter of whom helped create the venue’s celebrated acoustics. Prevented in 1960 from demolition for an office tower by a group of musicians and activists led by violinist Isaac Stern, Carnegie Hall has hosted hundreds of world-renowned figures, bands and orchestras, from Duke Ellington to Arturo Toscanini to The Beatles. Vidaris consulted on façade work including restoration to the substantial fire escape assembly on the 8th Avenue facade as well as recently consulted with architectural firm I+BA on the addition of a roof garden, a feature that was originally planned for Carnegie Hall – now realized over 110 years later. Vidaris is also involved with the renovation of 160,000 square feet of the concert hall as energy efficiency and LEED/green consultants. The redesign, known as the Studio Towers Renovation Project, will transition upper floors' space from apartments and offices into music classrooms and practice rooms.