French Embassy and Cultural Consulate
Location: New York, NY
Size: 21,500 square feet
Project Type: Core and Shell and Interior Renovation
The Albertine Library and Book Shop is located in what was the Payne Whitney mansion, one of the few remaining imposing town houses on Fifth Avenue. Designed in the style of the high Italian Renaissance by McKim Mead & White, the house was designed for the town residence of Payne Whitney, a financier and yachtsman who is best remembered as the benefactor instrumental in establishing the Cornell University Medical College. The French Consulate selected Jeffrey Berman Architect to showcase French design, arts, culture and language in this country. Serving as the Building Architect, Jeffrey Berman Architect’s (JBA) has responsibility for the design of a phased renovation that creates space both for the Albertine Library and Bookshop and brings the building up to date, in conformance with current codes, while maintaining Landmark features and elements and supporting ongoing work and events. JBA worked closely with Decoration Jacques Garcia Project Designer for the Albertine Library and Book Shop in the first phase of the renovation.