Grand Hyatt New York's Empire Ballroom, which has hosted dinners and special events for Presidents and other Heads of States, will undergo a $12 million transformation beginning this July. Scheduled for completion in September, the renovation will cover the 18,000 square feet of space in the room which can host events from 100-1700 people.
Known previously as the Commodore Ballroom, it was the place where President John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic Party nomination for President in 1960, where Martin Luther King spoke in 1956, where former President Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrated his presidency, and where many Heads of States from around the world have convened.
Using the architectural references from the original Commodore Ballroom, the new Empire Ballroom is being designed with respect to the integrity of the legendary space built in 1917. The metal grillwork that will be featured in the new Empire Ballroom as well as the overall renovation will respect and enhance the historic nature of the venue in the contemporary way of Grand Central Station.
An escalator showcasing beaded glass drapery and color changing LED lights will lead guests to the Empire Ballroom level. The white marble foyer will have flexible and moveable registration pods to accommodate multiple functions in the same space. State-of-the art audio-visual sound is being installed along with permanent drop-down projection screens. An updated lighting control system will be able to create multiple hues and color tones to reflect the mood of the event. Both the Ballroom and Foyer will feature an enhanced communications and data package, the infrastructure to meet the needs of today's meetings.