Museum of the City of New York

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Museum of the City of New York

Over the course of more than twenty-five years, the implementation of a renovation and restoration master plan design revitalizes the architectural identity of the designated landmark and reaffirms its mission to educate visitors and residents about the City’s rich cultural history and to address current issues.

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We worked to generate a progressive, forward-looking image to symbolize the viability of the institution that is the Museum of the City of New York – an important learning resource and a neighborhood catalyst for change.

Richard Olcott, Design Partner
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Based on the Museum’s Strategic Plan and completed in 1989, a new Master Plan outlined multiple renovation and stabilization projects for the reinvigoration of Joseph Freedlander’s 1932 landmark neo-Georgian building.

Meeting a critical aesthetic challenge, the master plan balances two seemingly contradictory demands: preserving the identity of the original historical building while at the same time generating a progressive image for the Museum’s future.

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One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the renovation/expansion plan has been keeping the Museum in operation throughout the entire multi-phase process, with a strategy that ensured museum staff had the essential space to continue their work in serving the public with ongoing exhibitions and educational programs.

Timothy Hartung, Management Partner

Phase I (2006-2008) included an addition to provide collection storage and support space, as well as a new flexible, twenty-first-century gallery in preparation for the renovation of all the existing galleries and a reorganization of the Museum’s program areas.

Phase II (2009-2012) encompassed the renovation of five floors of the South Wing in the existing building to include an education center, galleries and a new museum shop. It also included offices for the Director and curatorial staff in the existing fourth and fifth floors.

Phase III (2013-2015) renovated five floors of the North Wing to include new galleries, a museum café, a multi-purpose auditorium and an expanded museum shop.

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Details

Year
2015
Location
New York, NY
Size
113,750 GSF
Program
Phase I: Relocation of the Museum’s Program Areas, Consolidation of the Collection, Large Dual-Purpose Gallery, Mechanical Upgrades. Phase II: Education Center, Galleries, Offices for the Director and Curatorial Staff, Museum Shop. Phase III: North Galleries, Museum Café, Multipurpose Auditorium and Museum Shop.
LEED Silver

Team

Design Partner
Richard Olcott
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Design Counsel
James S. Polshek
Project Manager
Joanne Sliker
Project Architects
Aaron Cattani, Joshua Frankel, Fernando Suarez

Press

  • 2015
    • Smith, Jennifer. "Museum of the City of New York Completes Renovation" (The Wall Street Journal, 6/22/2015)
  • 2013
    • Pogrebin, Robin. "Museum of the City of New York Opens Renovated Floor" (New York Times, 1/23/2013)
  • 2012
    • Dailey, Jessica. "The Landmarked Museum of the City of New York Goes Green with a LEED-Seeking Renovation" (Inhabitat, 5/4/2012)
    • "Partners in Preservation Names the Museum of the City of New York as Finalist." (Digital Journal, 4/27/2012)
  • 2009
    • Padalka, Alex. "A Museum Worthy of its Name" (New York Construction, 9/2009)

Consultants

MEP / FP
Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC Consulting Engineers
Civil
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
Structural
Silman
Landscape
Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP
Lighting
Brandston Partnership, Inc.
Exhibit
Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Inc.
Historic Preservation
Li Saltzman Architects
Graphics
Pentagram Design, Inc.
Security
Ducibella Venter & Santore
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Cost Estimating
Stuart-Lynn Company, Inc.
Food Service
Romano Gatland
Elevator
Iros Elevator Design Services, Inc.
Environmental
Vidaris
Construction Manager
Hill International, Inc.
Photography
Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects