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Project Summary

The Department of Art History, which is housed in a 1974 Edward Larrabee Barnes designed facility, needed a safe and secure environment for working with archival art documents, convert its media collection from physical to digital formats, and recruit and retain nationally distinguished faculty. Working within a clean, modernist shell, space was maximized throughout to provide five faculty offices with student waiting areas and a contemporary Visual Resources Center. Close attention was paid to the sensitive lighting and sound needs of the workspaces; indirect lighting and adjustable light levels were made available for the media workrooms while sound attenuation was given special attention for office areas. These much needed upgrades provide the once underutilized storage space with state-of-the-art media workspaces that serves faculty with private offices and high quality visual resources to preserve precious art documents.

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Chicago, Illinois


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The redesigned space allows for a more flexible work environment that includes private offices, a multi-purpose room and digital scanning room to be used to archive and store valuable art documents.