Beginning in 1979 and continuing for a period of 35 years PBDW served as consulting architects to the Marymount School of New York, a 700-student K-12 independent girls’ school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Over that period, we expanded and upgraded the School’s 100,000 sf campus across three separate properties to accommodate the school’s evolving academic needs.
In the main building at 1026 Fifth Avenue, PBDW’s work included the design of a rooftop gymnasium, state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms that respect the character of the existing mansion, and vibrant, informal recreation spaces used for student clubs, study and afterschool activities. Our master plan for the school’s facilities identified the need for additional space to house the Middle School. This led to the adaptive reuse of a graceful Romanesque Revival townhouse at 2 East 82nd Street. The base of the townhouse was expanded to create an inviting new multi-purpose room illuminated by a dramatic sloping room-length skylight. Below grade, a full commercial kitchen was installed. For the academic spaces, our design approach was based on retaining historic fabric in the public rooms of the house as elegant settings for the library, homerooms and reception areas. Elements of the curriculum requiring more invasive infrastructure, such as the science laboratory, art studio and technology center, were located at the rear of the buildings.
More recently we transformed 116 East 97th Street into a wide spectrum of enrichment spaces that support the school’s progressive curriculum.