Bryn Mawr College’s Thomas Great Hall Renovation Receives Prestigious Award

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Bryn Mawr College has received the Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for its multi-year renovation of Thomas Great Hall, according to a staff report from Bryn Mawr College News.

The Preservation Alliance praised the renovation as “not only a model of excellence in stewardship by an academic institution, but also of innovative design techniques that balance preservation with the demands of modern building use.”

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The Hall, which is part of the M. Carey Thomas Library, is named after the college’s first Dean and second President. It was designed by Walter Cope of Cope and Stewardson at the beginning of the twentieth century and represents one of the most striking examples of collegiate gothic style nationwide.

During the restoration project, the college had to stabilize the masonry, refurbish the wood and steel windows, clean the façade, and reroof the great hall.

“The subtlety of the work is a testament to the skill of the restoration team,” said David Brownlee, Ph.D., Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania and Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia board member.

See the video of the renovation project at Bryn Mawr College News by clicking here.

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