Our Historic Meeting House

Our building holds a distinct place in the city’s architectural history. Built in 1910 on Central Park West, 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.”

Read more about our 2010 building centennial celebration and re-dedication.

Landmark Rental Facilities

Offering breathtaking views of Central Park and elegant, well-appointed spaces, the New York Society for Ethical Culture is the perfect venue for your upcoming special event. Our beautiful, century-old building retains its historic charm while providing guests with the very best in modern services. Our facilities can accommodate a wide variety of gatherings, and Ethical Culture’s leaders are available to officiate at any type of occasion, including weddings and memorials.   

Whether you are planning an intimate cocktail reception for twenty or a full-scale musical performance for eight hundred, NYSEC will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. We have the right space – at the right price – for you. Come and see why we are one of New York City’s best-kept secrets. We would love to host your:

Life Passages Ceremonies and Memorials
Weddings and Receptions
Corporate Functions
Film and Television Shoots
Performances and Rehearsals

...and more! See our available spaces, read our Rentals Brochure, and contact Rentals Manager Marie Orraca to learn more.

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