Collections, Historic, Libraries
The Boston Athenæum is housed in a National Landmark building designed in 1846 by Edward Clarke Cabot. Schwartz/Silver has served as the institution’s architect since 1990, preparing and executing a 25-year master plan. The major renovation and expansion created new public spaces and reconfigured existing ones, relocated book and art collections, and established a museum-quality conservation environment.
2003 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenæum
2005 Preservation Achievement Award, Boston Preservation Alliance
Program: Renovation of historic ten-story private library, including exhibit gallery, reading rooms, special collections area, conservation laboratory, and full new mechanical systems, including conservation quality HVAC, sprinkler system, security systems and custom lighting.