Founded in 1884, the Grolier Club is the country’s oldest society of bibliophiles and houses an exquisite collection of rare and historic books, manuscripts, and sacred texts within its six-story, neo-Georgian townhome at 47 East 60th Street. As part of the historic building’s renovation, which included the entire first floor and public portions of the lower level, the HVAC system was updated to provide year-round, stable temperature and humidity control to the rare book collection. Additionally, new, adjustable LED lighting was added throughout the space including the entry, exhibit space, and visitor service areas. Restrooms at the lower level were also updated.
The year-long renovation of this 1917 building employed both creative design and new technology, which resulted in a beautiful, new entry to the club, along with an impressive, state-of-the-art exhibition hall which is inviting, accessible, and engaging to the club’s nearly 800 members and their guests.