Sackler Building

Arthur M. Sackler Museum


The Arthur M. Sackler Building was designed by British architect James Stirling, recipient of the international Pritzker Architecture Prize and was used as a museum for many years containing art galleries, offices, classrooms, curatorial storage, and a large auditorium. The building originally opened in 1985 as the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. The building is on Harvard`s “notable interiors” list and the project includes preservation and restoration of key locations throughout the building. In addition, a three-story Sol LeWitt mural will be restored as part of the project and ancient architectural fragments that were imbedded in the monumental stair during the original construction are being replicated and reinstalled. The transformational project will include over forty faculty offices, design studios, classrooms, art-making spaces, and a lecture hall for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences History of Art and Architecture Department, the Graduate School of Design, and an undergraduate, interdisciplinary creative arts program. The renovation included the preservation and restoration of important interior elements as well as the creation of faculty and staff offices, design studios, classrooms, art-making spaces, and a lecture hall for the Department of History of Art + Architecture, the Graduate School of Design, and the Art Lab Annex. The project, which is targeting LEED Gold, addresses multiple deferred maintenance issues, including a new roof, accessibility, comprehensive building infrastructure, exterior envelope repairs, and significant seismic upgrades. Occupancy was permitted in January 2019.

Constructed, 1985
Renovation, 2019