Webster Hall

New York, NY

Designed by architect Charles Rentz, Jr., Webster Hall is widely regarded as one of New York City’s most storied and culturally significant assembly halls. OTJ was engaged to lead a program of improvements that would ensure the iconic venue’s continued relevance while preserving the character that has earned it a hallowed place in New York nightlife.

The most discernible improvements remain those made to the upstairs ballroom. Through the deployment of additional interwoven – or “scissor” – stairwells that accelerate egress, venue capacity was increased to over 1400. Here torn wall coverings, imperfect painting, scalloped balconies, and Art Deco details are seamlessly juxtaposed against state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems true to the original venue’s spirit, yet dialed up to exceed even the most exacting modern-day standards. Lastly, a former “venue within a venue,” now known as The Ritz Lounge, has been reimagined as an urbane common area, complete with an oversized bar.
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