History & Design
Kaufman Center's Merkin Concert Hall, located in the Abraham Goodman House, opened in 1978 and was named in honor of a major gift by Hermann and Ulla Merkin. Designed by noted Modernist architect Ashok Bhavnani, the Goodman House is a notable example of the Brutalist raw-concrete style. When it was first built, the Goodman House won the prestigious Bard Award for its unique architectural design and efficiency. With its near-perfect acoustics and intimate feel, the 450-seat Merkin Concert Hall quickly gained a reputation for being one of New York’s best performance spaces for chamber music. A 2007 renovation led by architect Robert A. M. Stern gave the hall and the exterior of the Goodman House a much-needed facelift and improved the technical capabilities of the hall.
Merkin Concert Hall offers state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities including a professional recording studio, film screening capabilities and an infrared listening system for the hearing impaired.