Design: Democratic Hall

Egalitarianism will be rampant in the nation's newest, most luxurious concert hall. At "topping out" ceremonies last week at Philharmonic Hall in Manhattan's Lincoln Center (to be completed in 1962), Architect Max Abramovitz promised that the new auditorium will do away with the old labels for different-priced seats. Balconies will be called terraces, and loge seats will replace the traditional boxes. The loge seats, however, "will be more generously spaced" than those in the terraces and orchestra. Concertgoers in even the remotest seats will sit under "clouds" of acoustical panels that will heighten tonal quality and deflect the lights...

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