|Steinway Hall, W 57th St., c.1925|
Earlier this week, Steinway & Sons opened a new Steinway Hall, the third in the history of the city. But what is Steinway Hall? Is it a concert venue? A piano showroom? An intimate home for artists and music lovers? The corporate presence of Steinway and Sons in the cultural heart of America?
|Steinway Hall, E.14th St., 1860s|
Since 1866 when the first Steinway Hall opened on East 14th Street, Steinway Hall has stood uniquely as a nexus of music, craftsmanship, commerce, technology and the cultural life of New York City.
When William Steinway agreed to let the Women’s Suffrage Association use Steinway Hall in 1871 (the subject of last month’s Blog post for Women’s History Month), he not only rented his hall (the second largest in the city) for a major civic meeting, he also knew it was an opportunity to advertise pianos.