Credit: Fred Charles

General Theological Seminary, The Desmond Tutu Center

BBB transformed three turn-of-the-century buildings on the General Theological Seminary’s campus to create an educational conference center and a new public face on Tenth Avenue.

The Desmond Tutu Center, in the Chelsea Historic District of Manhattan, welcomes visitors with a new urban garden and double-height entrance lobby. The redesigned interior includes conference rooms, break-out rooms, and 60 guest rooms, where modern amenities and contemporary design are juxtaposed against preserved 19th-century details. The historic oak-wainscoted Refectory in Hoffman Hall, with 40-foot-high vaulted ceilings, has been restored to its original decorative paint and gilding, and fitted out with a modern servery. The exterior of the building was restored as well, with double-glazed windows, a complete masonry restoration, and roof replacement. The Desmond Tutu Center was the first of three seminary buildings to be powered by a geothermal heating and cooling system, preserving the architectural integrity of the campus by eliminating the need for roof-level cooling towers.

 

Client

General Theological Seminary

Location

New York, NY

Size

60,000 SF (60 keys)

Completed

2007

People

FAIA, AICP
Managing Partner
AIA
Partner, Director of Construction Administration
AIA, LEED AP
Associate Partner
AIA, LEED AP
Partner
RIBA, LEED AP
Associate Partner