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Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, Inc.

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Academic Buildings

Ella Weed Room at Barnard College

New York NY

The Ella Weed Faculty Lounge at Barnard College was part of an overall Milbank Hall building renovation. The room was an empty shell. The College wanted to upgrade the interior of the room to function as both a faculty lounge and a more elegant setting for informal conferences. The most prominent feature in the room was an original Louis Comfort Tiffany glass mosaic-faced fireplace in golds and greens. The Pokorny firm provided a new elegantly detailed custom modern cabinet concealing a pantry, folding chair storage, and paper goods storage behind. The room was subtly lit by recessed low brightness down lights in a new modern plaster ceiling detailed to clearly separate itself from the original room walls. The firm also provided interior design services to the college to select furnishings that were clearly modern in design, yet complimentary in material and color selections to the mosaic fireplace. The glass mosaic tiles were carefully restored to their original luster.