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History


   

Town Hall has played an integral part in the electrifying cultural fabric of New York City for more than 90 years. Disclosing a tale of a vibrant group of suffragists (The League for Political Education) whose fight for the 19th Amendment led them to build a meeting space to educate people on the important issues of the day. The Hall was designed by renowned architects McKim, Mead & White to reflect the democratic principles of the League. Box seats were eliminated and no seats had an obstructed view giving birth to the term "Not a bad seat in the house." During completion of the building the 19th Amendment was passed (women's right to vote), and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall opened its doors and took on a double meaning: as a symbol of the victory sought by its founders, and as a spark for a new, more optimistic climate.

 

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History


   

Town Hall has played an integral part in the electrifying cultural fabric of New York City for more than 90 years. Disclosing a tale of a vibrant group of suffragists (The League for Political Education) whose fight for the 19th Amendment led them to build a meeting space to educate people on the important issues of the day. The Hall was designed by renowned architects McKim, Mead & White to reflect the democratic principles of the League. Box seats were eliminated and no seats had an obstructed view giving birth to the term "Not a bad seat in the house." During completion of the building the 19th Amendment was passed (women's right to vote), and on January 12, 1921 The Town Hall opened its doors and took on a double meaning: as a symbol of the victory sought by its founders, and as a spark for a new, more optimistic climate.

 

The 1920's


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The 1920's


The 1920s

The 1930's


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The 1930's


The 1930s

The 1940's


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The 1940's


The 1940s

The 1950's


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The 1950's


The 1950s

The 1960's


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The 1960's


The 1960s

The 1970's


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The 1970's


The 1970's

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The 1980's


The 1980's

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The 1990's


The 1990's

The 2000's


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The 2000's


2000 and Beyond


For Archival Information from 1920 to 1950 please visit The New York Library for Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY, NY. Tel: 212.870.1630.

For 1950 to 1960 please visit the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library at NYU, 70 Washington Square South, NY, NY. Tel: 212.998.2500