Dumbarton Oaks, owned by the Trustees of Harvard University, supports research in the Byzantine studies, garden and landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. Whiting-Turner has extensive experience working on the grounds, which include a museum, library, historic garden and other buildings.
This historically significant house is comprised of numerous architectural styles from the 1800s and 1900s. The main house project includes work to the orangery, the Phillip Johnson museum and a conversion of an outdoor courtyard into additional gallery space. The 47,000 SF of renovations included:
- New mechanical and electrical systems
- Complete fire suppression sprinkler system
- Modifications to meet ADA requirements
- New security system
- Restoration of the historic fabric throughout the complex
The house previously contained the library collection and was also reconfigured to include more study space for visiting Fellows.
ORIGINAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTED
YEAR OF FIRST PROJECT AT DUMBARTON OAKS
This project consisted of a 1,200 SF interior renovation and 6,000 SF exterior renovation of a historical pool and pool house. The interior renovation included both men’s and women’s locker rooms that received new wall/ceiling finishes, new millwork, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades. The exterior renovation included restoration of the existing stone copings and pool deck stone, as well as new terracotta paving, stucco repair/replacement and restoration of the historical light fixtures.
The reading room project was a complete renovation of the interior space of a room in the Dumbarton Oaks Library. Initially an extension of the library, the renovation of this room included a redesign of the space to provide quiet work spaces for the fellows. Sound-dampening provisions such as a sound-absorbing plaster ceiling and an acoustic sound-masking system were also installed. In addition, custom millwork cubicles were installed with an abundance of power and data provisions, as well as a new lighting system and broadloom carpet.
Renovation and repairs of various building envelope components were performed for seven different buildings on campus. The main components of these renovations included roof replacement, brick and window replacement/repair, and some structural repair. Historic slate roofs were completely replaced to maintain the historic integrity of the campus on six buildings. The Potting Shed, the only one of the buildings without a slate roof, underwent a complete renovation of its custom-curved lead sheet roof. During the repair, intricate and outdated details required reconfiguration to meet today’s more stringent standards for building envelopes. These include reworking of dormers, updating flashing details, and re-anchoring brick and stone. The improved conditions were carefully developed to maintain the historic aspect of each building, while providing a weather-tight, structurally solid building envelope that will last for another century.