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.