Photography by Whitney Cox
Radio City is one of the nation's most famous venues housing some of New York's most awe-inspiring spaces. No other performance hall provides such a combination of history, grandeur and vast capacity. Proof of the Hall’s important role in the history of design is its status as one of the first interior designations by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
To reestablish this landmark as one of the world's premier entertainment facilities, a major restoration and renewal of the Hall was undertaken, including the Grand Foyer, the 5,900-seat Auditorium and its Mezzanines, the Grand Lounge, and six mezzanine lounges. Many of the original design elements of the exterior were also brought back to life to heighten the building's nighttime drama. The marquee lighting was restored to the original red-and-blue neon piping and gold lettering not seen since the 1930's.
Built to define "what's new," Radio City is again a contemporary wonder, a home for popular entertainment of unmatched distinction and sophistication.
Major public spaces, including the Grand Foyer, the 5,900-seat Auditorium, the Mezzanines and its Lounges, and the Grand Lounge are completely restored
The Hall's murals are restored to their full brilliance, and original Deskey furniture and light fixtures are refurbished and restored
The glamour of the Hall was re-created using the bold patterns and finishes of the original carpeting, wall coverings and upholstery fabrics. Its murals were restored to their full brilliance, and original Donald Deskey furniture and light fixtures were refurbished and restored.
The most significant acoustical issue was slap-back echo from the rear wall in the auditorium. NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission approved an adjustment to the walls angle and additional absorption treatment to eliminate this effect.
Each designed in collaboration with an artist and design team.
With a mural by the artist Stuart Davis
Stewart Jones was project director for Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. Fisher Dachs Associates was the theater consultant and Jaffe Holden acoustical consultant.