Whether it's a seminar, class, meeting, banquet, reception, photo or film shoot, make the occasion an unforgettable experience at 20 West 44th Street.
Designed by Lamb and Rich and constructed originally as the Berkeley School for Boys, 20 West 44th Street was acquired by The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in 1899. Member and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie generously provided the funds to significantly expand the building in 1903. The expansion was designed by Ralph S. Townsend and blends monumental Beaux Arts classicism with Renaissance elements.
The building exterior is composed of Indiana limestone, yellow Roman brick, and terra-cotta. A partial reproduction of the Parthenon frieze, taken from casts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, underscores the importance of the front entrance.
The main reading room soars to a height of three stories and is topped by a magnificent skylight. Faux marble pillars, ironwork, and wooden shelving lend the reading room an ambience that makes it a rare and special place.
Areas within the building available for rental include the Library, Balcony, Classrooms and Conference Space. The building has 16 spacious classrooms. These versatile spaces are perfect for lectures, classes, receptions, and more. These rooms can be transformed to fit any need. Capacity varies for cocktail or other stand-up receptions, dinners and seated affairs, workshops, meetings, and lectures, based on location within the building.
The Building is available Monday through Saturday and closed on all major holidays. Sundays will be considered upon special request.
The Building is not yet fully wheelchair accessible.
Fees available upon request. Appointments are necessary. Contact 212-840-1840 or email@example.com.
The General Society is located at: 20 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 firstname.lastname@example.org 212.840.1840