new-york historical society, fourth floor galleries

New York, NY | 21,700 SF | 2017

The New-York Historical Society is continually developing new ways to engage and inspire the public through retelling 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.

PBDW successfully transformed an overwhelming open storage display into dynamic new galleries with much-needed storage and support spaces. The project’s scope included 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, in collaboration with Eva Jiřičná of London and Prague, developed the new Tiffany Gallery to exhibit the Society’s collection of Tiffany lamps.

Our design created double-height galleries, capturing new space between existing roof trusses which allowed for the creation of new public mezzanines. We increased 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 a manner that protects them. PBDW also upgraded all HVAC, electrical, life safety, and security systems to museum-quality standards. This project is LEED Gold®.