Historic Preservation of America’s Artistic Landmarks – Radio City Music Hall

Rockefeller Center - The world's most recognizable 12 acres of real estate is home to some of America's most notable art deco interiors, including that of Radio City Music Hall.

The Radio City Grand Foyer Stair Case and Fountain of Youth Mural

The Radio City Grand Foyer Stair Case and Fountain of Youth Mural

Historic preservation of America’s most valued artistic, industrial and political buildings, remains crucial to continued landmark tourism, and period conservancy, safeguarding these national treasures for generations to come.

The grand foyer at Radio City Music Hall is a steadfast symbol of an era of economic prosperity and growth. For those who like a bit of history; in what is home to the world’s most favorite kick line, the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall opened on Dec 27, 1932 with a fantastic show featuring stars Ray Bolger, Martha Graham and Doc Rockwell.

80% of the Rockefeller Center Complex was completed in 1939. 46 years later, Rockefeller Center was made a Historic Landmark. It was then sold by the same family who employed 75,000 Americans during the height of the great depression. In 1995, a group of investors that included David Rockefeller, was able to reclaim the property which was in default by foreign investors at the time. It is this management team which vigilantly monitors the limestone and glass monument. They ensure that the buildings remain a symbol of our citizens ability and financial might.  Their goal: to ensure they stand tall and proud at the center of Manhattan as they have since 1933.  American carpet manufacturer Bloomsburg Carpet’s dedication to the historic preservation of this countries most recognizable carpets was more than happy to take charge of the duplication of the original carpets in the Grand Foyer as well as the famous Radio City Music Hall.

The grand foyer at Radio City Music Hall is a steadfast symbol of an era of economic prosperity and growth. It’s originally planned name was International Music Hall.  The names Radio City and Radio City Music Hall were in homage to the first tenants of the complex, Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The complex featured a nouveau scheme that replicated exotic animal prints, art and geometric designs once only available to those who could afford the luxury of custom rugs or safaris to far off Africa. The earth toned carpet in the foyer displays deco’s typical geometric splendor with abstract renderings of happy faces, Rockefeller Center’s Skyline and all types of jazz age musical instruments depicted in rich hues of rust, tan, gold, coffee and chocolate browns.

The arches of the stage at Radio City

The arches of the stage at Radio City were designed by Peter Clark to resemble the setting sun.

For those who like a bit of history; in what is home to the world’s most favorite kick line, the Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall opened on Dec 27, 1932 with a fantastic show featuring stars Ray Bolger, Martha Graham and Doc Rockwell. The rehabilitation of a former speak easy, the Standard Oil Fortune heir John D. Rockefeller, built the 5,933 seat theater as the corner stone of the Rockefeller Center Complex in what was then a run down neighborhood of Manhattan.  Built in partnership with RCA and designed by Edward Durell Stone with interior decor designed by Donald Deskey, it became an iconic example of the American Art Deco era.  The grand foyer and theater were ostentatiously decorated in aluminum, gold foil, leather, marble, glass, and cork. Walls, the grand Proscenium Arches of the stage surround designed by Peter Clark to resemble the setting sun, the concentric rows of seating and even the “Screaming Ladies” carpet pattern with its blue and gold hair women are easily recognizable the world over as being part of heart of Rockefeller’s architecturally harmonious vision. The theater has played host to not only the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular (every Christmas since 1933), The Tony Awards, and thousands of live concerts, but was featured in the motion picture Annie, was home to episodes of Wheel of Fortune and the game show Jeopardy!RadioCity-0010 The custom Wilton weave replication was originally duplicated by Bloomsburg Carpet during a massive restoration of the theater in 1999. It was during this period that the “Fountain of Youth” mural in the lobby, painted by Ezra Winter and the accompanying murals were also restored, as was the Wurlitzer 4,410 pipe organ. Since then, millions of patrons have walked through it’s doors and to this day, Bloomsburg is proud to continue production of the replication of this historic carpet as heavy traffic wears the most traveled areas of the theater.

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