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Hamilton Building Phased Renovation and Lenfest Plaza
When the initial plans for the renovation of the Hamilton Building exceeded the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’s budget, Becker & Frondorf worked with the institution to plan and then execute the renovation program in seven strategic phases. The completed facility houses exhibition space, collection management facilities, classrooms, painting and sculpture studios, printing labs, a foundry, a library, and administrative spaces. The meticulous renovation of the exterior had to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Properties while still meeting PAFA’s budget.
The project culminated in the construction of Lenfest Plaza, a new public park in the former Cherry Street. To create a focal point for the Plaza, PAFA selected famed Pop Artist Claes Oldenburg to create Paint Torch, a monumental public sculpture. Lenfest Plaza links the renovated Hamilton Building with the historic Furness Building dramatically unifying PAFA’s campus.