Created By: Matt Postal
Carnegie Hall Tower, at 152 West 57th Street, was completed in 1991. Artfully designed by Cesar Pelli, the colorful stepped masonry façade complements the palette of the adjoining concert hall, a New York City Landmark. Though many would argue that the 60-story tower stands much too tall for such a slender site, the transfer of unused air rights has benefited this illustrious institution in many ways. In addition to providing much-needed operating and maintenance funds, the lower floors contain office and rehearsal space. The brown and green marble lobby, which also serves as a public passage linking 56th and 57th Streets, is illuminated by a vaulted faux skylight – a stylish feature during this era. If time permits, visit the Rose Museum on the tower’s second floor, devoted to Carnegie Hall’s remarkable cultural contributions.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Post-Modern Manhattan: West 50s + 60s