Yale Club of New York : New York, NY
The Yale Club of New York engaged Newman Architects to design a sensitive renovation of its iconic Tap Room. The project enables the club to utilize the space as a three-meal dining venue while restoring its original character and creating anew a room for use in the twenty-first century.
James Gamble Rogers was the architect for the Yale Club, built in the 1920’s. The Tap Room, originally a billiard hall, was designed in a ‘Romanesque’ style of faux stone with baronial charm. Over the years, it had been amended to resemble a ‘country grille room’. We are now restoring it to its original splendor and delight– pool tables replaced with dining tables, cue sticks and smoke replaced by the celebration of gathering for a good meal.
The project entailed removal and replacement of existing mechanical and lighting systems and the extension and upgrade of the Clubs existing sprinkler system to serve the Tap Room. We redesigned the attendant kitchen, which also serves the second floor mezzanine Grill Room; created a new sit-down bar; and replaced and restoration if all windows. The new design provides ramps to improve handicap accessibility and the adjacent toilet room and stair landing leading to the second floor mezzanine was renovated.