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Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Frederick P. Rose Hall

Located in the mixed-use Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall is the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the world’s first performance center specifically designed for jazz performance, education and broadcast. Rose Hall, The Allen Room and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola are the primary performance venues of this monument to jazz.

The 1,300 seat Rose Hall is planned according to the principles of town square design, to encourage the intimacy and interaction between the audience and musicians for both large and small jazz ensembles as well as orchestras, film and dance performance. Designed and constructed as ‘a box within a box’ to ensure its acoustical integrity, the structure is insulated and floating on steel and neoprene padding to ensure complete isolation from the rest of the Time Warner Center building and the subway station below.  Acoustical baffles on the interior of the space and curtains are adjustable to best suit the type of music being performed.    

The Allen Room, a 500 seat amphitheater overlooking Central Park, draws its inspiration from varied forms including classical Greek amphitheaters and the Rainbow Room. Conceived of as a flexible space, seats can be raised hydraulically to expand the width of the tiers for banquet tables and dancing.

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is a 140 seat jazz club that features nightly jazz performances. A state-of-the-art recording studio enables the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and other musicians to record on-site.  All of the performing, rehearsal and classroom spaces are connected by fiber-optic cable to allow audio and video recording as well as broadcast from anywhere in the complex. 

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Project Profile

First state-of-the-art performance, education and broadcast facility designed specifically for jazz

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Project Team
Rafael Vinoly Architects PC
Turner Construction
Flack & Kurtz
Project Status

Completion: 2004

Total Project Size / Budget
175,000 SF
$130 Million