New York City Center (NYCC)

The landmark New York City Center, built in 1923, was Manhattan’s first performing arts center, and has hosted the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, and New York City Symphony. Originally designed as a Masonic Lodge and nicknamed the Mecca Temple, the building exemplifies the Moorish Revival style of the early 20th century. Today, New York City Center features world-renowned performers such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and the American Ballet Theatre.

When the Center underwent an extensive renovation in 2010, Jaroff Design & Mison Concepts were asked to fabricate the street entrance to the new Patron’s Lounge, transforming what was once a freight entrance into a doorway for the theater’s VIPs. Drawing upon the arabesque motifs adorning the theater, Jaroff Design & Mison Concepts articulated an entryway inspired by the building’s historic aesthetic. The grand, arching, patinated bronze door frame & transom, embellished with a bronze, ornamental grill, surrounds the wood doors, complementing both the original essence of the building and the prestige of the theater inside. The project was completed in the fall of 2012.

Architect: Ennead

Photos: ©Joe Jaroff, 2012