Iconic Building Signs of New York City: Radio City Music Hall
Of all the iconic building signs in the city of new york, the Radio City Music Hall sign pictured above is perhaps the most famous. A near universal symbol of art, culture and an iconic visage of Americas golden years. Radio City Music Hall itself is a world famous theater hall and entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City. For a time, the hall – Nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation – was widely considered the leading tourist destination in the city.
Brief History of Radio City
Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the Music Hall opened to the public on December 27, 1932. The film-plus-stage-spectacle format continued at the Music Hall, with 4 daily performances, until 1979. At that time plans were made to convert the theater into office space, but a combination of preservation and commercial interests resulted in the preservation of Radio City and in 1980, after a renovation, it reopened to the public
Little Known Facts
- The original name of the building was supposed to be the “International Music Hall”.
- The 12-acre Rockefeller complex, of which Radio City is a part, is built on land leased from Columbia University.
- Radio City is home to the “Mighty Wurlitzer”, the largest pipe organ ever built for a movie theater.
- The interior of the building was declared a city landmark in 1978.
- The special system of hydraulic elevators used in building the stage was so advanced that it was adopted by the US navy in construction of their WWII aircraft carriers.