Noyes House Restoration
Vassar College | Poughkeepsie, New York
The restoration of the historic Noyes House at Vassar College managed to achieve significant functional benefits to the building with virtually no change to its exterior appearance. Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957, Noyes House is best know for its distinctive circular shape and chevron-shaped windows. Maintenance to the building over the years had managed to retain much of its original appearance and materials, but there were increasing leaks related to the roof and window components, including window casements that were no longer able to fully close and latch.
Our goal was to identify options to correct these conditions within a limited budget. We began by assessing the roof conditions and the 468 extruded aluminum window sashes before developing a program for repairing damaged window elements which prioritized retaining as much original material as possible. The scope included replacing the undersized window hinges and worn weatherstrip gaskets throughout and repairing or replacing damaged operator mechanisms where necessary. At the roof, a revised parapet cap provided additional flashing protection to protect leaking corner elements while retaining the original profile.
Size: 468 windows
Architecture, Historical Preservation