Professional Circle Talk: Schwarzman Center, Yale University
November 7, 2022
9:30 – 10:30 am
One Park Avenue
The New York Landmarks Conservancy is very pleased to offer its Professional Circle members an exclusive illustrated talk with RAMSA partner Melissa DelVecchio and associate partner Kurt W. Glauber on the firm’s recently completed restoration and expansion of the Schwarzman Center.
Yale’s Schwarzman Center transforms Carrère & Hastings’ historic Commons and three floors of the adjoining Memorial Hall—components of their 1901 Bicentennial Buildings—into a social hub for the university’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Of the many components that collectively comprise the Schwarzman Center project, the restoration of the ornate dining hall known as the Commons is the crowning achievement. RAMSA returned this timber-trussed refectory with 66-foot-tall ceilings, which was in urgent need of repair, including complete replacement of its floor structure, to its former grandeur while bringing it into the 21st century.
Designers paid special attention to ensure that modern interventions would largely go unseen and to carefully preserve historic elements—in essence creating a time-tested yet well-maintained appearance. Gentle cleaning of walls and ornamentation removed a century of soot, and similar treatment of the ceiling trusses revealed long-forgotten decorative paintings. Thoughtfully integrated lighting and audiovisual equipment make it possible for the first time to convert the dining hall into a state-of-the-art, broadcast-ready concert venue.
Space is limited, so please register early.
We will maintain a waiting list of everyone else interested in participating and accommodate you as reservations change.
Contact Carla Elio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-995-5260, with any questions.