Owner's Representative—New York, New York

Orchestra of St.Lukes, The DiMenna Center

he Orchestra of St. Luke’s is an organization of outstanding musicians whose purpose is to bring the beauty of music and the enlightened communication that is unique to music to as broad an audience as possible.  After serving as their planning and real estate advisor in a comprehensive site selection process for their new facility, Jonathan Rose Companies was engaged as their owner’s representative to manage the fit-out of the new space.

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, opened in March 2011, occupies half of a six-story building, located at 450 West 37th Street.  The Center provides a creative home for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and the St. Luke’s Arts Education Program.  It also addresses the urgent needs of small-to-mid-size organizations and groups challenged by increasingly prohibitive real estate costs while trying to maintain their work and visibility in New York City.  After a comprehensive renovation of the two existing theaters, the 20,000-plus square foot facility boasts a large rehearsal hall with state-of-the-art recording and staging capabilities, a chamber orchestra rehearsal hall, one small chamber studio, two practice rooms, a musician lounge and café, a music resource center and library, and OSL’s administrative offices.

Orchestra of St.Luke’s shares the 450 West 37th Street building with the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Both organizations have worked together to create an environmentally sensitive environment for their respective organizations.  The building was awarded LEED Commercial Interiors Gold.

Selected Awards

  • Society for Marketing Professional Services-NY Industry Award
  • AIA Tri-State Design Award, Interior Architecture Category
  • AIA NY State Award of Merit, Adaptive Reuse Category
  • Contract Magazine Design Awards, Adaptive Reuse Category, Winner
  • ENR/Best of 2011, National Culture/ Worship Category, Winner
  • Interior Design Best of Year Awards, Institutional Category, Finalist
  • Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award, Interior ArchitectureCategory
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“The DiMenna Center...is a vital new resource for New York City’s cultural community, providing affordable, high-quality rehearsal space tailored to the needs of our many orchestral ensembles and musicians...this public-private partnership helps ensure that New York remains an international destination for artists and audiences devoted to classical music.”

Commissioner Kate D. Levin

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Project Profile

20,000 s.f. LEED CI Gold-certified facility with five rehearsal and practice spaces along with an educational center, library and administrative offices

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Project Team
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC
Construction Manager:
Barr & Barr
MEP Engineer:
ICOR Associates
Telecom, Data & Security Consultant::
The Clarient Group, LLC
Project Status

Completion: 2011

Total Project Size / Budget
20,000 SF
$37 million