About the Renovation

Cooper-Hewitt is housed in the former residence of Andrew Carnegie, a New York City and National Historic Landmark. The campus also includes two historic townhouses on East 90th Street and the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. The renovation will enable the Museum to:

Expand Gallery Space by 60%—reopening in 2014

Within the Museum, a spectacular, new third-floor gallery will be created, as well as an expanded gallery space on the second floor, resulting in four entire floors dedicated to exhibitions and public programming. With more than 16,000 square feet of gallery space, Cooper-Hewitt will be able to showcase significantly more of its collection and present major design exhibitions. The renovation will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

Create a New National Design Library—completed in 2011

The National Design Library was moved from the Museum to the townhouses at 9 East 90th Street in 2011 as part of Phase One of the renovation project. The new Library includes the Arthur Ross Reading Room; an additional elegant, quiet study room; the Fred and Rae S. Friedman Rare Book Room; reference spaces; a workroom; open stacks; and offices.

Grow the Collection, Expand Conservation and Research, and Increase Access to the Collection via the Museum’s Web site

The Museum has leased an off-site facility that includes collection storage, state-of-the-art conservation labs, and a fully equipped photography studio. This new facility is permitting Cooper-Hewitt to grow its collection with fewer space constraints, improve collection care and research, and digitize the collection so that it can be made more accessible via the Web.