New York, New York


Established in 1884, New York’s Grolier Club is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to book and graphic arts, sponsoring free exhibitions and programs for bibliophiles and enthusiasts. For Its centennial celebration, ABA’s renovation re-conceives its exhibitions, visitor services, and rare books displays, making them more accessible, engaging, and memorable.

Integrating preservation, new design, and new systems and technology, ABA redesigned the historic entry and lobby, exhibitions hall, and visitor services. The new design provides universal access, new display, and settings for programs and events. New approaches to collections presentation, archival display, and stewardship are woven into the design. The Exhibition Hall features a tiered design, with special collections at the mezzanine, and at the main level, new glass and cherry-lined wall and table casework, finishes, lighting, media wall, and storage. With its renewed setting, and a dynamic approach to exhibitions, the Grolier connects its heritage to its future.

Location: New York, New York
Project Size: 6,800 sf

Project Team: Jones Lang LaSalle (Owner’s Project Manager); Shawmut Design & Construction (Pre-Construction / Construction / Cost); Silman (Structural); Kohler Ronan (MEP / IT); Taylor & Miller Light (Lighting); Spectra/Audio Design Group (AV); Jensen Hughes (Code); Goppion (Casework); Michael Moran (Photography)