Renovations of the Grolier Club’s Upper East Side headquarters at 47 East 60th Street are now complete following a $4.6 million overhaul of the building’s public exhibition hall. Designed by Ann Beha Architects, the improvements are described as an effort to enhance the historic interior spaces by incorporating modern technology and new materials. Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is the country’s oldest society of bibliophiles. The private club, which was originally constructed in 1917, maintains an exquisite collection of rare and historic books, manuscripts, and sacred texts.
The renovated exhibition hall offers brighter, more inviting presentation of materials and features custom-built Goppion glass cases, inlayed LED lighting, mahogany-stained floors and wall panels, ADA-accessible entrances, a new reception area, and updated ventilation systems.
“Our team was incredibly honored to be part of a project that not only supports the 800 Grolier Club members, but the Manhattan community as a whole,” said Sharon Cadman, vice president at Shawmut Design and Construction, which served as general contractor for the renovation. “As a hub for the arts and a center rich in tradition, our team was able to pull from our expertise and ensure the organization’s long-standing history stayed intact throughout the entire renovation process.”