Columbia Grammar School wins AIA historic preservation award
DateNovember 14, 2014
NEW YORK CITY – IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton Architects has won a 2014 American Institute of Architecture (AIA) New York State Award of Merit for Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in the Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation category.
The design awards reception and presentation took place October 10, 2014 at the Hilton of Saratoga Springs, New York, in conjunction with the AIA New York State Conference.
One of the oldest institutions of its kind in the United States, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, located on West 93rd Street in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, has committed to modernizing and connecting its facilities. The challenge was to upgrade and connect their row of seven historic brownstone townhouses for the Lower School.
IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton replaced the existing fire escapes at the rear of the brownstones with new open corridors and fire stairs, unifying the seven brownstones into one school accessible at all levels, and also added an elevator to provide handicapped access to all floors.
An additional classroom floor in a nook on the roof and a new 2,000 sq ft gymnasium with rooftop play area were provided in the common rear yard.
The NYC Landmarks approved design is an innovative contribution to the school’s ongoing effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities in the Upper West Side Historic District.
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