clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Save Rizzoli Committee Loses the Fight to Keep the Store's Ceiling

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Photos by Driely S.

The Rizzoli Bookstore was demolished last month, and the people behind the Save Rizzoli Committee lost another battle this week: to save the store's beautiful, historic ceilings. Formerly a Sohmer & Co piano showroom, the ornate vaulted ceilings were one of the most iconic elements of the store.

Our sister site posted the following announcement from the committee's blog that explains: "At some point next week, the ceiling will be destroyed. Working downward from the third floor, Vornado's contractors will jackhammer into the ceiling from above, reducing what was once a sublime neo-classical confection to dust and rubble.

Future plans, as you may have heard or merely suspected, are for a luxury condo.

· Rizzoli Bookstore Won't Even Be Able to Save Ceilings [Curbed NY]
· Tour the Beautiful, Historic Rizzoli Bookstore Before It Moves [Racked NY]