When Carnegie Hall was threatened with demolition, to make way for an office tower, Mr. Stern served as the public face of the campaign to save it, but his wife worked furiously behind the scenes, proselytizing and persuading. Eventually, the city agreed to buy the hall for $5 million and spend another $100,000 to improve it. In recognition of Mrs. Stern’s efforts, Box 44 was named for her.Five million for one of the greatest concert halls in the world!
For comparison's sake, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, which is most emphatically not one of the greatest, cost $28 million and was completed in 1980. Walt Disney Concert Hall, which is one of the greatest, as well as one of the most strikingly beautiful, cost $274 million, of which $110 million went to build the garage (or, putting it a bit differently, the hall's basement)