The Stanford White Complex

Bronx Community College In The City Of New York Bronx, New York

The Stanford White Complex of buildings and grounds is the focal point of the Bronx Community College (BCC) campus, formerly the uptown New York University campus. Designed in 1892-96 by McKim, Mead and White, the complex includes Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Philosophy Hall and Language Hall. The Stanford White Complex is one of the great triumphs of late 19th century American architecture.

Easton Architects has a long-standing commitment to the preservation of this historic campus. With our assistance, BCC was awarded a Campus Heritage Grant from the Getty Foundation (the fourth largest grant during the multi-year initiative) to prepare a comprehensive Conservation Master Plan that investigated the historic fabric of the buildings and original landscape plan. The Master Plan analyzed existing conditions, potential hazards, and code deficiencies to produce a detailed conservation testing and investigative analyses program, cultural landscape report, design recommendations, and cost estimates for possible construction phasing. Informed by extensive archival research, the Master Plan outlined a restoration methodology for character-defining features that maintains original material while promoting the most effective and flexible solutions.

Easton Architects prepared the National Historic Landmark nomination for this exceptional complex, which was successfully listed in October 2012. The buildings are also local New York City landmarks and listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places. Following the Master Plan, Easton Architects prepared Construction Documents for the first two phases of restoration work, including new means of egress. In 2017, an interior conditions survey was conducted to monitor ongoing conditions. Throughout each phase, preservation priorities were established in close cooperation with University leadership to balance their programmatic needs with financially-feasible phased restorations.