Sterling nave renovation lauded by architecture group

The renovation of the nave of the Sterling Memorial Library has received a 2015 American Institute of Architects New England Design Award in the preservation category.

The nave of the Sterling Memorial Library. (Photo by Patrick Lynch)

The project by Helpern Architects of New York City is a “masterful restoration of this massive structure,” said the jury citation. “Illumination, and especially the combination of historic and contemporary lighting, is a key component of this successful restoration.

“This is a consummate, classic example of the high art of preservation — not showing the hand of the preservation architect,” the citation continues. “The aspects of how the library is used today, both in the digital age and as a great repository of books, are acknowledged.”

The Yale restoration was one of 14 projects in New England or designed by architects in the region to be honored, from a pool of more than 275 submissions.

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