Noyes House Restoration
Vassar College | Poughkeepsie, New York
Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957, Noyes House at Vassar College is best known for its distinctive curvilinear facade that contrasts with angular, chevron-shaped windows. Over the years, regular maintenance had managed to retain much of the building’s original appearance and materials. Through time, however, it suffered roof and window leaks, the latter caused in part by window casements which were unable to fully close and latch.
VMA’s restoration of the building would have to achieve significant functional benefits with virtually no change to the exterior appearance due to its architectural significance. And, the project would require VMA to identify options on a limited budget. We began by assessing the roof condition and the 468 extruded aluminum window sashes. This enabled us to identify a program for repairing damaged windows while retaining as much original material as possible. The scope included replacing undersized window hinges, worn weatherstrip gaskets, and, where necessary, damaged operator mechanisms. At the root, a revised parapet cap provides additional flashing protection to protect leaking corner elements while retaining Saarinen’s visionary profile.
Size: 468 windows
Architecture, Historical Preservation