Built in 1849… talk about a unique venue
The Angel Orensanz Foundation Center of the Arts is a museum and event space, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The 3-story building was created as a synagogue in 1849, designed to resemble the Cathedral of Cologne with a tripartite facade of red stone brick that is framed by a pointed gable at the top. The building was designed by German architect Alexander Saeltzer.
The 7,000-sf main floor seats up to 300 pax for a seated meeting or 700 for a reception. The 3,500-sf balcony overlooks the main floor providing additional space for attendees to mingle. The facility includes WiFi, flatscreen TVs and live broadcast capabilities for totally modern events in a magical historic venue.
The building was a favorite space for fashion legend Alexander McQueen, who hosted fashion parties and trunk shoes at the venue until his death in 2010. Other famous events include the wedding of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in 1997.
Famed artist Angel Orensanz bought the building in 1986, renovating the facility into a gallery and studio, modeling the interior to look like the Sistine Chapel. The original dark wood alter, open-air facade and cathedral ceiling provides planners with an open canvas for creative gatherings.
The historic temple includes arch tall lancet windows and doorways. Its larger center door is crowned by triangular molding that is almost as high as the second floor. The tradition of the German Reform Movement of the mid-19th century is thoughtfully displayed on the blue ribbed ceilings and towers. It also has interior wooden vaults, and several tiers of balconies that lead to the museum and studio on the third level.