1891: What It Was Like When Carnegie Hall Opened In New York For The First Time

1895: View of Carnegie Hall on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York City. (Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Byron Collection/Getty Images)

If it weren't for a chance encounter on a cruise ship, New York City's famed Carnegie Hall may have never been built. Today, Carnegie Hall is one of the most prestigious concert venues in the world, but while it was being built, many people believed that the concert hall was doomed to fail. Still, Carnegie Hall opened with pomp and fanfare on May 5, 1891, complete with a concert featuring Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Let's look at the inception, building, and opening of the world-famous Carnegie Hall.