The building and the auditorium were designed by Joseph Urban and were built in 1930. It was originally named after Bernhard Mayer the Bernhard Mayer Auditorium until 1993. Between 1993 and 2014 it was called the John L.Tishman Auditorium.
One of unique features of America's first building for higher adult education, now being effected by the NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH, at 66-72 West Twelfth Street New York, is this egg-shaped auditorium designed by internationally famous architect, Joseph Urban. Only decorative features are elliptical bands of plaster, forming the ceiling, and the lighting effects, on stage, coming from lights concealed between plaster bands on ceiling. Dr. Alvin Johnson is the Director of the New School. (text) Peter A. Juley & Son Photographers of Fine Arts Since 1896 219 East 39th Street, New York City (mark)