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Yale Club Tap Room

Yale University
New York, NY
Commercial Development Civic, Culture, Sacred Interiors Historic

The iconic Yale Club Tap Room, originally a billiard hall designed by James Gable Rogers in the 1920s, has assumed a sophisticated new role as a three-meal dining venue. Pool tables have been replaced with dining tables, and cue sticks and cigar smoke with fine silver and aromas of delicious food.

The Tap Room was designed in a Romanesque style of faux stone with baronial charm. Over the years, it was amended to resemble a country grill room. Now restored to its original splendor and delight, the project entailed removal and replacement of existing mechanical and lighting systems and upgrading sprinkler systems. The attendant kitchen, which also serves the second floor mezzanine Grill Room, was redesigned, and a new sit-down bar installed. All windows were replaced and restored, and the stair landing leading to the second floor mezzanine was renovated. The new design improves handicapped accessibility.

Newman's experience with renovating and repurposing multiple Gamble projects at Yale, including dining halls and serveries, gave them a unique perspective on the project.

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