The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium is a multipurpose concert and lecture hall located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Since the 1950’s, this hall has been home to many performances from some of the greatest names in classical music, and the most prominent art lecturers in the world. Despite its many successes, however, the room was acoustically flawed due to the architectural style of the time in which it was constructed. Cerami & Associates was commissioned to redesign their hall with the acoustical features common to contemporary auditoriums.
The first step in modernizing the acoustics of this hall was to ensure that the redesign began with an accurate baseline. This required a thorough evaluation of the existing acoustical environment within the hall. To achieve this we conducted extensive testing over a period of two days in the unoccupied hall and attended several concerts at various seat locations to subjectively evaluate the hall under many conditions. The acoustical applications Cerami’s team recommended share one final goal: to achieve optimum acoustics while maintaining the historic and aesthetic qualities of the space.