The Yale Center for British Art: a Building Conservation
George Knight

Abstract
The Yale Center for British Art was designed by acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn to house a collection of British art on the campus of Yale University. The Center, Kahn’s third and final museum building, was designed between 1970 and 1974 and opened its doors to the public in 1977. By 2002 it was evident that the building was fast approaching a crossroads: finishes had reached the end of their lives, program space was in desperate demand, patron amenities and life safety measures no longer met contemporary standards and, worst of all, infrastructural systems strained to sustain the environments demanded to protect the collections. The integrity of Kahn’s architecture was in jeopardy. What follows is the story of what came next: how the building was painstakingly researched and analyzed, and how a series of projects ensued to re-equip the Center to present and protect its collection for decades to come.

Keywords
Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Louis Kahn, Modern monumentality, Conservation of modern architecture, Yale Center for British Art, Modern museums, USA modern architecture.

Issue 58
Year 2018
Pages 50-59
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.52200/58.A.8AH55ZAI

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