The Schlesinger Library is renowned for being a leading archival research library for the history of American women. It recently acquired the papers ofAngela Davis and holds manuscripts from iconic historic figures including Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Earhart. Maintaining the original footprint of the building, the project is fundamentally about a renovation that could manifest new visions for the coexistence of digitally-born and analogue archives, and how a new and more public teaching/learning experience could emerge from that new vision.

Date: 2019
Status: Construction 2018-19
Client: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, MA
Design Team:
Frano Violich, FAIA; Managing Principal
Sheila Kennedy, FAIA; Principal Consulting on Design
Edwin Goodell, AIA; LEED AP; Project Architect
Daniel Sebaldt, AIA; Project Manager
Shawna Meyer, AIA, Jessica Jorge, Ben Widger, Nick Johnson, Robert White, JiShi
Architect: Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, PC
MEP & Envelope: Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, PC
Lighting Designer: Tillotson Design Associates
Code Consultant: Hughes Associates Inc.
Acoustic Consultant: Cavanaugh Tocci Associates
Photographer: John Horner

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