Casa Italiana

education & preservation

Casa Italiana

As an institution, the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America looks back to the rich cultural heritage of the Italian Renaissance in order to anticipate and define the intellectual challenges of the new century. The renovation of the Casa Italiana speaks directly to that mandate, incorporating striking elements of contemporary Italian design within the architectural vocabulary of a Florentine palazzo.

The firm’s design, prepared in collaboration with Italo Rota, preserved the most important elements of the McKim, Mead & White building. The elegant teatro, with its elaborate coffered ceiling, and the handsome oak paneled library were carefully restored and upgraded with new, invisible services. Particular attention was paid to the lighting, acoustics, and ventilation in the teatro, where performances and receptions are held. On the exterior, we completed a meticulous masonry and window restoration. The unfinished rear facade was completed according to the original 1926 working drawings.


Columbia University


New York, NY

Date Completed



Lucy G. Moses Award, New York Landmarks Conservancy, 1997
Excellence in Historic Preservation Award, Preservation League of New York State, 1996

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