Our building holds a distinct place in the city’s architectural history. Built in 1910 on Central Park West, we will celebrate its Centennial in October of this year. It has been landmarked by the City of New York and is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places as part of the Central Park West Historic District.
The building was designed by architect Robert D. Kohn who was considered a pioneer in his use of Art Nouveau style for the building. Kohn also had a personal stake in the design of the building, as he was on the Board of the Society and had been a lifelong member.
In its recommendation for Landmark status, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission stated that,
“…the New York Society for Ethical Culture has a special character, special historical and aesthetic interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of New York City…and that it is both a tangible symbol of the Society’s permanent social contribution and a rich architectural element of the fabric of our City.”
Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead (212-874-5210 x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.