The End of an Era – Steinway on 57th Street

by Helmut Eder

For those of us who expected three-story Steinway Hall to be on West 57th Street forever, the news that the building was sold was a shock and not in a good way. We have been accustomed to sauntering in to gaze at new and old pianos, listen to concerts and lectures there, and look at portraits and busts of Chopin, Mozart, Wagner, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Billy Joel. Inside the Hall, the rotunda ceiling by Paul Arndt displays “allegorical scenes of lions, elephants, goddesses and nymphs depicting the influence of music on human relations,” an idea I really like.

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