Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT) : Southwest elevation on Chapel Street, detail at ground, showing use of concrete belt course

Creator:
Kahn, Louis Isidore, 1901-1974
Published/Created:
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
1951-1953 ; 2004-2007 (restoration)
Date Depicted:
2008
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
concrete; brick; glass; steel
Notes:
The Yale University Art Gallery was Louis I. Kahn's first significant commission and is widely considered his first masterpiece. Designed while Kahn was a visiting critic at the Yale School of Architecture, the building--the first of three art museums that he would design--represented a dramatic point of departure for American museum architecture as a whole. Constructed of brick, concrete, glass, and steel, and presenting a windowless wall along its most public façade, the building was a radical break from the neo-Gothic buildings that characterize much of the campus, including the adjacent Swartwout building. Kahn's design has been celebrated not only for its beauty, geometry, and light, but also for its structural and engineering innovations. Among these is the housing of electrical and ventilating systems in hollow concrete tetrahedrons that make up the ceiling, appearing to float overhead. The building was restored in 2007.
Topics:
Architecture -- United States -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Modernist
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
1A1-KL-YA-F4
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
exhibition buildings: art museums (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; Art museums Modernist buildings; exhibition buildings; museums; art museums View taken (2008) after restorations in 2007.
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Five
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
2008
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4090
OID:
10053241
PID:
digcoll:1785673