The building of the day for the Archtober, the third annual month-long festival of Architecture in the New York, is a jewel on the West side. For the past 70 years, the New York City Center has been home to many amazing artists and performers. Built in 1923 as a shrine/temple, the building was saved from demolition by Mayor La Guardia. The Shrine Meccas were unable to pay the taxes of the building due to the 1929 financial crash and the following Great Depression, and as a result, the building became city property. It was then turned into a remarkable performing arts center.
The New York City Center is located on West 55th St and it’s one block away from Carnegie Hall. The venue has 2,750 seats and hosts a variety of musicals, operas, ballets and dance festivals. The annual Fall For Dance Festival, which ran from September 25 to October 5 this year, has been a favorite of the public. With everything from tap to tango and tickets priced at $15, it would be a surprise if people didn’t jump on the fabulous deal.
The building’s design is Neo-Moorish with elaborate interior and exterior tile work. It was designed by architect Harry P. Knowles and the firm Clinton & Russel. In 2010, the building went through a $75 million renovation, completely upgrading the building’s already classic design. Managed by the Polshek Partnership Architects, the renovation project won an award in 2012.
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