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Yale University Art Gallery — 1953



The Yale University Art Gallery, located on the Chapel Street between York and High streets, represents two different phases of Yale architecture. Architect Edgerton Swartwout designed the older “Tuscan Romanesque” section of the gallery, completed in 1928 and distinguished by the neo-Gothic arched windows and Art Deco bridge over High Street. The modern wing, designed by Louis I. Kahn, opened alongside Swartwout’s building in 1953, expanding the Gallery along Chapel Street. The brick and glass creation was Kahn’s first major commission and Yale’s first modern building. Praised for its ingenuity (electrical systems are hidden under the exposed concrete ceiling) and its open floor plan, the Kahn building represented a step in a new direction for Yale. Although some of the interior was altered during a partial renovation by Paul Rudolph in the late 1950s, a major renovation in 2006 restored the Gallery to Kahn’s original vision,  adding a new window-wall system to improve the function of the building while preserving the original design. Other changes include the removal of the roof over an outdoor courtyard and the expansion of the Gallery’s famous sculpture garden.

Did You Know?

The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in the Western Hemisphere.

Yale University Art Gallery

1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510


Edgerton Swartwout, Louis I. Kahn



Renovation Architect:

Polshek Partnership Architects




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