Urban Quotient

Quaker Meeting House

New York, NY
Interior Renovations of Historic Landmark Building Campus
Client: New York Quarterly Meeting

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Exterior of Meeting House and Link Building

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Existing Classroom Space and Gallery of Meeting House

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Proposed Library and Community Space

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Existing Gym and Shelter Space

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Proposed Gym Renovations

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Existing Room used for Storage

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Proposed Contemplation & Meditation Room

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Exterior of Central Building and Old School Building

Built in 1860 by the Religious Society of Friends, the 15th Street Quaker Meeting House and Seminary are a campus of historic landmark buildings built across from Stuyvesant Park on the East Side of Manhattan.  The buildings are shared between the Friends Seminary School and the New York Quarterly Meeting and have been renovated over the years to suit new and evolving functions. The Quarterly Meeting hired UQ to investigate design options for renovating portions of the buildings’ interiors and to propose a new arrangement of spaces and programs to better suit the Meeting’s needs as a community. This includes creating a new library space and event space, redesigning the common room that currently serves as a gym for young children in the daytime and a homeless shelter in the evenings, and proposals to better utilize office and storage spaces and to create better egress options throughout the buildings.