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The Foundation Building Renovation


In 1972, The Foundation Building underwent a two year, full gut renovation. The Board of Trustees commissioned John Hejduk, Head of the Division of Architecture, and Professor Peter Bruder, of the School of Engineering, to design a contemporary interior space to be set within the Foundation Building’s 19th century shell. The renovation, began in 1972 and was completed in the fall of 1974. When complete, among many other things, Cooper Union had new studio and exhibition spaces, new meeting spaces, and a new library. The round elevator and arched windows remained.

These photographs were taken to document the renovation process. They are part of the Cooper Union Archives and Special Collections.

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Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
Foundation Building under renovation
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