The New-York Historical Society is continually developing new ways to engage and inspire the public through re-telling the story of American history. As architects for the Society since 2005, PBDW continues to help the Society achieve its goals, most recently through the transformation of the 10,000 SF fourth floor galleries, which opened in the spring of 2017. The project’s scope includes the first-of-its-kind gallery dedicated to the role of women in American history, the renovation of the Luce Center galleries, a new education technology center, and a gallery lounge. In addition, PBDW was the Architect of Record collaborating with the Design Architect, Eva Jiřičná of London and Prague, in developing the new Tiffany Gallery to exhibit the Society’s collection of Tiffany lamps.
The design for these spaces works with the embodied form of the historic building and activates the fourth floor by elevating ceiling heights to express the existing roof structure, and increasing flexibility and energy efficiency through lighting and environmental controls. The design also introduced new materials that complement the existing historic fabric of the building while using sustainable materials that help to display the objects in an advantageous manner, and protect the health of the public and artifacts. This project is LEED Gold®.