Grace Murray Hopper College Theater

Yale University : New Haven, CT

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Yale University : New Haven, CT

Originally constructed in 1933 by John Russell Pope, Yale’s Grace Murray Hopper College was subsequently renovated by Newman Architects in 2009 in order to preserve the splendor of the college while broadening its capacity to serve future generations of Yale students.

At Grace Murray Hopper College our design solution focused on preservation. Where new architectural interventions were needed, we envisioned the building in the eyes of its architect, preserving and enhancing the original architecture. The program called for extensive suite reconfigurations, including the full redesign of the east wing. In the kitchen renovation, the basement area has been fully modernized, allowing many first floor operations to move downstairs. The first floor servery has been enlarged, and the dining hall has been restored. The former basement was reconfigured and expanded below the courtyard to create a cabaret theater, dance studio, fine arts studios and other student life amenities. By discretely replacing all plumbing, heating and electrical systems, installing new sprinklers, alarms and security systems, the master’s house, faculty apartments, and library were restored, as well as Grace Murray Hopper College’s slate roof, and stone and brick façade.

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