Work is underway on a window and door restoration project at the New York Studio School’s historic Whitney Studio, funded in part with a $5,000 award from the Conservancy’s Nonprofit Technical Assistance Grant Program (NTAG). In 1918, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney commissioned friend and artist Robert Winthrop Chanler to design the studio space for her, 13 years before the Whitney Museum opened its doors as a space to showcase Ms. Whitney’s collection of American Modernist paintings. The New York Studio School was founded in 1964, turning the historic building into the site of a dedicated studio arts program for aspiring young artists.
In December, the School sent their original casement windows and historic doors to the firm of Olek in Orange, New Jersey for restoration. Conservancy staff were onsite in early December to observe the work and tour Olek’s studio. The windows and doors are scheduled to be installed by the end of the year.