Helpern Architects


Susan Gibbons, Yale’s university librarian and deputy provost, will be the guest of honor as David Helpern and Helen Thomas-Haney of Jablonski Building Conservation lead a walking case study to demonstrate the renovation/modernization of Yale’s iconic Nave at Sterling Memorial Library. The tour will be on Saturday morning, February 3rd in New Haven, Connecticut.

The occasion is the annual conference of the Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter. The 2018 focus is on “Challenges + Opportunities of Working on a College Campus”.

David and Helen will first show pictures of what they encountered when asked to renovate the Library’s entrance pavilion, a masterwork conceived by James Gamble Rogers in the late 1920s as the appropriate church-like front, public portion to a Cathedral of Learning. They will explain the restoration approach and then tour the awe-inspiring space, which had only been sporadically and partially repaired and updated since its 1930/31 opening.