After a marathon 15 months of construction and $126 million, the airless fortress of yore feels almost benign. Light pours in through new windows, washing new white ceilings that conceal a low-energy air-conditioning system. Custom replica light fixtures handsomely dispel the ghastly pallor of fixtures that Rudolph favored.
If anything, the restoration is a bit too reverent (even the ghastly orange carpeting is back). Yet this is the smallest of quibbles, given how difficult Rudolph made the restorers’ job. Thankfully, the architecture refuses to play dead.
Yale Restores Architecture Building, Love and Hated ’60s Icon James S. Russell Bloomberg 8/28/08
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