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Yale Center for British Arts

Designed by the famous U.S, architect, Louis Kahn, the Yale Center for British Arts was completed in 1974, consisting of an exhibition space and storage space for paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints; a rare book collection; a research library; a photograph archive; an auditorium; classrooms; workshops and offices; and conservation facilities.

Rectangular in plan, the four-story center has a concrete structure and is clad in steel and reflective glass. Galleries are organized around two interior courtyards, with numerous skylights enabling diffused, natural light to fill many rooms.


One of the building's most notable features is a cylindrical, concrete stair tower in the Library Court.

In 2016, the building was refurbished at a cost of $33 million. The Long Gallery was transformed into a teaching and study gallery as originally envisioned by Jules Prown, the Center’s founding director.

Project Details


New Haven, CT

Year Built:



Yale University


Louis I. Kahn Architects (orig. 1969–1974)
Pellechia & Meyers Architects (1974–1977)
Knight Architecture LLC (2000- present)

Structural Engineer:

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Construction Manager:

Turner Construction Company

Total Project Cost:

$9.6 million

Total Project Size:

69,975 sq ft


2005 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Twenty-Five Year Award

©Richard Caspole