One of the oldest institutions of its kind in America, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School has committed to modernizing and connecting its facilities. The challenge was to upgrade and connect their row of seven historic brownstone townhouses for the Lower School.
In response, IBI Group ▪ Gruzen Samton has replaced the existing fire escapes at the rear of the brownstones with new open corridors and fire stairs thereby unifying the 7 brownstones into one school accessible at all levels, and has also added an elevator to provide handicapped access to all floors. An additional classroom floor in a nook on the roof and a new 2,000 square foot gymnasium with rooftop play area were provided in the common rear yard.
The NYC Landmarks approved design is an innovative contribution to the school’s ongoing effort to provide state-of-the-art facilities in the Upper West Side Historic District.
We continue to provide services at several other areas of their campus on the Westside, including the addition of a mezzanine to the Upper School Library and a two story addition to the Middle School.
Photography Credit: Andrew Rowat